June 25, 2022

Peterborough Public Health confirms first case of monkeypox virus in its region

Today, Peterborough Public Health was notified of a confirmed case of Monkeypox in the region. Contact tracing efforts are complete and case management continues for this individual. Residents can be reassured that those who have been in contact with the case have been notified. Contacts of the case are being offered a vaccine as a form of post-exposure prophylaxis.

Monkey pox is a virus that can be spread between animals and humans through close prolonged contact. While monkeypox is in the same family as smallpox, monkeypox presents with much milder symptoms and is less contagious. Symptoms can present within 5-21 days of exposure to someone who has the virus. Symptoms can include:

  • Rash or blister in mouth and around genital areas
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Exhaustion

Residents who experience symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. While there is no treatment for the virus, symptoms can be managed and individuals typically recover within 2-4 weeks.

“Monkeypox virus has been circulating in Ontario for a few weeks now. We did anticipate it would arrive in our region and we are prepared to support case and contact efforts,” said Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “Monkeypox is not easily spread between people, however, we do recommend that everyone be aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus and seek immediate medical attention if symptoms present.”

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