Date issued: 19 May 2022
Issued by: Associate Professor Deborah Friedman, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Diseases)
Issued to: Health professionals
- 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.