Alberta detects second case of monkeypox

A second case of monkeypox has been detected in Alberta, the province’s chief medical officer of health announced Tuesday evening.

“I can confirm that this case is not related to the first case announced last week and at this time there are no known direct links to any other confirmed cases,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw wrote on the networks. social.

She said the individual was self-isolating and cooperating with health authorities in contact tracing efforts.

“We are prioritizing investigations and contact tracing to reach others who may be exposed. At this time, the overall risk of contracting monkeypox remains low in Alberta,” Hinshaw wrote.

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said the poxvirus is spread ‘primarily’ through close physical skin-to-skin contact, ‘which is why it can spread to sexual partners. Although monkeypox is not an STI, the majority of global cases to date have been in men who have reported having intimate relationships with other men.

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Hinshaw stressed that monkeypox is not limited to one community and last week Dr Theresa Tam said that monkeypox is not limited to people of any given sexual orientation.

“Anyone who has prolonged close contact with an infectious person is at risk,” Hinshaw wrote. “It is important not to stigmatize any group.”

She advised anyone with symptoms of genital sores, fever or rash, especially those with a new sexual partner, to self-isolate and call Health Link at 811.

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“Advice for practicing safer sex applies to everyone, such as avoiding sex if you feel unwell,” CMOH wrote.

Cases of monkeypox have been identified in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia since the start of this year’s outbreak.

Earlier today, the Public Health Agency of Canada issued a travel advisory as the monkeypox virus continues to spread around the world.

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Travelers are advised to take enhanced health precautions under the Tier 2 advisory.

The travel advisory doesn’t list any specific countries, but cases of monkeypox have been reported in places like the UK and the US.

PHAC recommends consulting a medical professional or visiting a travel health clinic at least six weeks before travelling. It is also recommended to wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently and avoid close physical contact with sick people.

–with files from Irelyne Lavery, Global News

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