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Health warning on monkeypox – 18 October 2022

Health warning on monkeypox

Date issued: 18 October 2022 (update to 26 August 2022)

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

Issued to: Health professionals and the public

Key messages

  • Monkeypox (MPX) is continuing to spread in many countries, including New Zealand where community transmission has recently occurred.
  • In Victoria, the risk of local transmission linked to international travel remains.
  • Individuals at high risk for MPX are urged to be alert for the symptoms of MPX and take measures to protect themselves against infection.
  • Clinicians should test for MPX in all patients presenting with compatible symptoms.
  • The MPX vaccination rollout will be expanded when Victoria receives more doses of vaccine in late October.
  • Read the full Alert: Health warning on monkeypox (MPX).

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