New case of monkeypox detected in Queensland

A person who recently travelled through south-east and central Queensland has tested positive for monkeypox.

The positive case is the fifth case of monkeypox detected in Queensland.

Queensland Health is aware of a small number of close contacts linked to the positive case.

Where possible, close contacts have been contacted directly, as per standard contact tracing protocols.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness spread person-to-person via close contact.

Monkeypox symptoms include a distinctive rash, fever, headaches, body aches or swollen lymph nodes.

Anyone with symptoms should consult their GP or sexual health provider.

The public health risk to Queensland is considered low at this time.

Queensland Health is taking proactive measures to limit the spread of the virus.

This includes notifying Queensland clinicians to be on alert for monkeypox presentations and working with the Federal Government to secure supplies of the vaccine.

As more vaccine becomes available, Queensland Health will continue to contact and offer it to those most at risk of infection, as well as close contacts and newly diagnosed cases.

As with all viruses and infections, Queenslanders should continue to practice preventative measures such as good hygiene and symptom monitoring.

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