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Windsor-Essex confirms 1st case of monkeypox in the region

The public health unit in Windsor-Essex confirms that a case of monkeypox has been diagnosed in the region for the first time.

Risk of transmission is low, health unit in southwestern Ontario says

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the region has confirmed its first case of monkeypox. (Mike Evans/CBC)

The public health unit in Windsor-Essex has confirmed the region has diagnosed its first case of monkeypox.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) said Wednesday the case was confirmed through lab testing.

"At this time, the risk of monkeypox transmission in the community remains low," Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, acting medical officer of health in the southwestern Ontario region, said in a media release.

"Although cases have mostly been identified among males who report sexual or intimate contact with other males, anyone can get monkeypox. The most commonly reported risk factors include engaging in sexual or intimate contact with new and/or more than one partner."

Monkeypox symptoms usually develop seven to 14 days after exposure. WECHU says symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion, followed by a rash.

As of a report published July 18, there were  230 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ontario.

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