First case of monkeypox confirmed in B.C.

The first case of monkeypox in British Columbia has been reported in a patient from Vancouver.

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The BC Center for Disease Control confirmed the infection through laboratory testing, it said on Monday, and is awaiting further confirmation from the National Microbiology Laboratory.

Vancouver Coastal Health is conducting a public health follow-up, a news release said.

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On Monday, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix reiterated the message that monkeypox poses “very little” risk to the public.

“Monkeypox has been around for decades as members of the media will be well aware,” he said.

“We want to make sure everyone is…

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