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Health warning on monkeypox – 20 August 2022

Date issued: 20 August 2022 (update to 5 August 2022)

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

Issued to: Health professionals and the public

Key messages

  • The number of people diagnosed with monkeypox in Victoria is increasing due to local transmission.
  • Preventive measures including limiting sexual partners are very important for people who are not vaccinated.
  • The Department of Health has access to the newer third generation smallpox vaccine to protect those most at risk.
  • The existing vaccine supply has been largely rolled out through sexual health clinics in Victoria.
  • The eligibility criteria and supply are however limited during August and September as we await a larger supply.

Read the full Alert: Health warning on monkeypox.

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