British Columbia Sun

1st monkeypox patient identified in B.C.


Key takeaways: 

  • Case detected in Vancouver citizen, health management conducting public health follow-up.
  • A negative stain electron micrograph depicts a mulberry-type monkeypox virus particle.

The first verified case of monkeypox was identified in B.C. by a Vancouver citizen. 

The B.C. The Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) states Vancouver Coastal Health is executing a public health follow-up but did not provide details on how the person contracted the virus or its signs. 

Monkeypox symptoms have a fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and fatigue and can range from five to 21 days after disclosure. 

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The first verified case of monkeypox was identified in B.C. by a Vancouver citizen

It spreads through touch with sores and things like bedding or towels with the virus on them and through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing during prolonged close, face-to-face contact with someone who has monkeypox. The BCCDC says the chance of contracting monkeypox remains down.

According to the World Health Organization, as of June 4, almost 780 cases of the virus had been confirmed in nations where monkeypox is not usually seen. At least 77 of those are in Canada.

Anyone who generates signs of monkeypox is urged to visit a doctor, wear a mask, cover any lesions and allow the clinic to know their symptoms ahead of arrival. 

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