Our Health Unit region confirmed its first case of monkeypox in July, 2022. The risk of contracting monkeypox in our district remains very low. 

How is it spread?

Someone can catch the monkeypox virus when they come into contact with the virus from an animal, human, or materials contaminated with the virus. The virus enters the body through broken skin (even if not visible), respiratory tract, or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth).

What are the symptoms?

The illness begins with:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body.

The illness typically lasts for 2−4 weeks. Individuals are no longer infectious when the crusts of the lesions have fallen off revealing new skin below.


Monkeypox has less severe symptoms than smallpox and is less transmissible.

How is it treated?

Usually, monkeypox doesn’t require medical treatment, as most cases will get better on their own. In more severe or high-risk cases, treatment may include medications or vaccines for smallpox, and supportive care can also be provided (to improve symptoms).

How is it prevented?

  • Self-isolate and seek testing if you have been exposed to monkeypox and are showing symptoms. 
  • If you do not have any symptoms you do not need to self-isolate, but you should monitor for symptoms for 21 days after exposure.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after contact with an infected animal or human.
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment when required.
  • Avoid contact with individuals and animals that could have the virus.
  • Avoid contact with materials that have been in contact with a sick animal or person.

 More Monkeypox information:

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)