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Health warning on monkeypox 20 May 2022

Status: Active

Date issued: 19 May 2022

Issued by: Associate Professor Deborah Friedman, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Diseases)

Issued to: Health professionals

Key messages

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
  • There have been several cases of monkeypox reported in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal and local transmission has occurred among some of these cases.
  • There are no cases of monkeypox identified to date in Australia
  • Monkeypox does not easily spread between people. However, it may occur through skin-to skin contact.
  • Clinicians should consider testing for monkeypox in returned travellers with compatible symptoms.

Read the full advisory: Health warning on monkeypox.




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