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Health alert – Local transmission of mpox in Victoria 3 August 2023

Date issued: 3 August 2023

Issued by: Professor Ben Cowie, Acting Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community

Key messages

  • Two new locally acquired cases of mpox have been reported in Victoria.
  • Mpox continues to spread in many countries. In Victoria, the risk of local transmission and transmission linked to international travel remains.
  • People with symptoms of mpox should seek medical care and testing.
  • Mpox vaccination is available for eligible people through certain sexual health clinics, hospitals and GPs.
  • Clinicians should test for mpox in all patients presenting with compatible symptoms, in particular those presenting with a genital rash, lesions, or proctitis.
  • Clinicians should offer mpox vaccination to eligible people at increased risk of infection. Two doses of vaccine are required for optimal protection.
  • Any suspected or confirmed mpox case must be urgently notified to the Department of Health on 1300 651 160.
  • Read the full Alert: Local transmission of mpox in Victoria

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