There are now 81 active cases of monkeypox in British Columbia, the bulk of which are in the Vancouver area, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Sixty-nine cases were recorded in the Vancouver Coastal Health zone as of Thursday, with six each in the Island and Fraser Health areas.
In a news update, the BC CDC said monkeypox continues to pose a low risk to the general public.
Case numbers have risen since last week. On July 27, there were 61 cases of monkeypox, 54 of which were in the Vancouver Coastal Health area.
Around that time, the provincial government announced the monkeypox vaccine would be available to eligible patients in most areas of the province. A statement from the Ministry of Health said some community transmission had been identified, and the vaccine would be offered in the Vancouver, Coastal, Fraser, Island and Interior health regions.