The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reporting the first laboratory-confirmed case of monkeypox in the area.
The person diagnosed with the illness resides in Grey-Bruce, but most likely acquired the infection while visiting the Greater Toronto Area. They are currently self-isolating at home.
GBHU staff say the individual had only one close contact in the area and is following up with that person.
“Public Health would like to stress that although a case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Grey-Bruce, the risk to the community remains very low,” says Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra.
“Only individuals who have had close, direct contact with a person with monkeypox are at risk of acquiring the infection. This is not a virus that spreads easily. Anyone experiencing symptoms is advised to self-isolate at home and contact their healthcare provider immediately.”
The Grey Bruce Health Unit continues to closely monitor the monkeypox situation.