The Sudbury district has its first confirmed case of monkeypox.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts (PHSD) says the person likely acquired the infection in the Toronto area and is currently isolating.
Officials say close contacts have been identified.
“At this time, the risk to the general population remains low, as we have not detected the virus circulating in Sudbury and districts, and it does not spread easily,” says Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health. “Residents should not be concerned about going about their routine everyday activities.”
Public Health continues to monitor the situation closely.
Dr. Sutcliffe says anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, age, or gender can spread monkeypox through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or by sharing contaminated items.
PHSD says Monkeypox is a rare disease not common to North America and spreads through close contact with a person infected with the virus, or their clothing or linens.
They say it can enter the body through skin-to-skin contact with body fluids (for example, saliva, lesions, blisters, or rashes) and through mucus membranes or respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact (for example, breathing, talking, and coughing).