The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported the first case of monkeypox in the southwestern Ontario region on Monday.
Health officials said staff determined the person diagnosed with the virus had no close contacts who needed post-exposure treatment or additional follow-up care.
“The person is fine,” said Dr. Alex Summers, Health Officer at MLHU. “As we report this first local case of monkeypox, the risk to the community remains very low.”
The health department has not released the patient’s age or the city in which he lives.
The first cases of monkeypox in Canada were reported May 19, after some had been identified in the United States and Europe, with a total of 112 as of June 10, when the reported cases were 98 in Quebec, nine in Ontario, four in Alberta and one included in British Columbia.
The infectious viral disease can be transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids or lesions of infected humans or animals. It can also spread through contaminated clothing or bedding, and through respiratory droplets after prolonged contact with an infected person, according to the MLHU.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and lethargy, followed by a rash that can appear on the face and other parts of the body a few days after the onset of symptoms.
The MLHU said there is no specific treatment for monkeypox, although antivirals for smallpox may help.