There are now 81 active cases of monkeypox in British Columbia, most of which are in the Vancouver area, according to the BC Center for Disease Control.
As of Thursday, sixty-nine cases were recorded in the Vancouver Coastal Health Zone, including six in the Island and Fraser Health Zones.
In an update, the BC CDC said monkeypox continues to pose a low risk to the general public.
Monkeypox vaccine more widely available in British Columbia
The number of cases has increased since last week. On July 27, there were 61 cases of monkeypox, including 54 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
At that time, the provincial government announced that the monkeypox vaccine would be available to eligible patients in most areas of the province. A statement from the Department of Health said some community transmission has been identified and the vaccine will be offered in Vancouver, Coastal, Fraser, Island and Interior health regions.
Priority is being given to patients in the Lower Mainland, where most infections have occurred, and contact tracing is underway to identify anyone else who could benefit from the vaccine.
More monkeypox vaccine is available in British Columbia
The British Columbia government has already administered more than half of the 14,480 doses of monkeypox vaccine it had available as of last week.
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According to the Department of Health, monkeypox, a member of the same virus family that causes smallpox, does not spread easily between people and all cases identified in the province have involved prolonged skin-to-skin contact, which is the main suspected source of infection.
There are over 900 cases of monkeypox in Canada, with the majority of cases in Ontario and Quebec. Infections have been found in more than 70 countries and the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI) last month.
Monkeypox: 890 cases reported in Canada, the majority in Ontario
Most people infected with monkeypox can recover on their own after a few weeks, but in some circumstances people can become very ill and die, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says on its website. website.
Infected people usually develop symptoms five to 21 days after being exposed to the monkeypox virus, which includes a painful rash that can last between 14 and 28 days.
The rash may be accompanied by other symptoms, including fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain, joint pain, back pain, and exhaustion.
PHAC advises those infected to self-isolate at home and contact their healthcare provider or local public health authority.
With files from The Canadian Press
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