Yukon confirms territory's 1st case of monkeypox

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The first case of monkeypox was confirmed Thursday in the Yukon, according to the territory’s chief medical officer of health.

In a Friday government news release, Dr. Sunit Ranade said the individual is in isolation and that Yukon Communicable Disease Control is conducting a thorough investigation of the case.

“We understand that the exposure to monkeypox occurred outside of the territory,” said Ranade in the release.

He said no further details about the individual would be released in order to protect their privacy.

“Monkeypox is usually a self-limited viral infection with a rash that may be painful and most people recover on their own after a few weeks,” said Ranade.

More than 600 cases of monkeypox virus, or

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