|Date issued: 20 May 2022 (update to 19 May 2022)|
Issued by: Associate Professor Deborah Friedman, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease)
Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community
- Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
- There have been several cases of monkeypox reported internationally and local transmission has occurred among these cases.
- There is currently one case of monkeypox identified in Victoria, a man in his 30s who recently returned from the United Kingdom and is isolating away from the community.
- Contact tracing is underway to identify close contacts who may be required to quarantine.
- Monkeypox does not easily spread between people. However, it may occur through skin-to skin contact, contact with infected surfaces or items, and respiratory transmission.
- Clinicians should seek advice from VIDRL and consider testing for monkeypox in returned travellers with compatible symptoms.
Read the full Alert: Health warning on monkeypox.