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First confirmed case of monkeypox in the district

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is reporting a case of monkeypox in a person who lives in the district. 

“This individual likely acquired the infection in the Toronto area,” states a release.  “This individual is currently isolating, and close contact(s) have been notified.” 

The health unit says this is the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the district.

Officials also say the risk of contracting monkeypox remains very low in the district, with no evidence of the virus circulating locally. 

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Anyone who develops symptoms or who has had contact with a suspected or known case of monkeypox is asked to contact their health care provider immediately. 

The health unit say anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, age, or gender can spread monkeypox through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or by sharing contaminated items.

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