Earlier this morning, it was reported that health officials were investigating two reported cases of monkeypox in B.C.
Public health interviewed two individuals but upon investigation it was determined that they were not considered contacts of cases as they had not been exposed.
No suspect cases or contacts of monkeypox are under investigation in B.C. at this time.
B.C. continues to work closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and public health will follow up with anyone thought to be exposed to monkeypox.
Communication has been distributed to regional health authorities and medical microbiologists with information on symptoms, laboratory testing and diagnosis, infection control precautions, treatment and notification/reporting requirements for monkeypox.
Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to the orthopoxvirus family. It occurs sporadically in forested parts of Central and West Africa.
It is a zoonotic disease and is typically transmitted from animal to person but can be transmitted from person to person through close contact and respiratory droplets.
Transmission can occur through the respiratory tract, contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, and items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores.
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