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Health warning on Monkeypox  (update) 3 June 2022

Date issued: 3 June 2022 (update to 25 May 2022)

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

Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community

Key messages

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
  • Since mid-May 2022 there have been cases of monkeypox reported from several countries that are not endemic for monkeypox virus, and local transmission has occurred in these countries.
  • Monkeypox may spread from person-to-person through skin-to skin contact, contact with infected surfaces or items, and respiratory droplets.
  • To date there have been two unrelated cases notified in Victoria.
  • The second case is a man in his 30s who returned from the United Kingdom and is isolating away from the community.
  • The Department of Health is contacting a small number of people who have been in contact with the case.
  • Anyone developing symptoms that may be consistent with Monkeypox should seek medical care, wearing a mask and calling ahead to make sure they can be isolated away from others.
  • Clinicians should consider testing for monkeypox in returned travellers with compatible symptoms.
  • Read the full Alert: Health warning on monkeypox.

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