Monkeypox is a rare zoonotic viral infection that has seen a recent rise in cases in Europe and North America.
As of 8 September 2022 there are 129 cases (confirmed and probable) of MPX in Australia, including 67 in Victoria and 50 in NSW.
A/Prof McMahon also said that Australia’s entire health system, not just sexual health services, should be ready to respond to the current outbreak. Based on early reports, many cases in Australia have been identified through sexual health services, or by GPs with expertise in sexual health.
- Health Direct: Information on Monkeypox
- Victorian Better Health Channel: Information on Monkeypox, including translated resources
- NSW Health: Monkeypox information, including translated fact sheets
For health professionals:
Victorian medical practitioners must notify the Department of Health of any confirmed or suspected cases by calling 1300 651 160, and need approval to test for Monkeypox when a suspected case is notified.
If Monkeypox is suspected in NSW, GPs can contact the Sexual Health Infolink (SHIL) on 1800 451 624 (weekdays 9am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm).
- Department of Health and Aged Care: Resources; ATAGI clinical guidance; Health alert (10 Aug); Vaccine information; Information on JYNNEOS® (5 Aug); Vaccine supply announcement (4 Aug); Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance (28 Jul)
- Victorian Department of Health: Monkeypox webpage; Monkeypox vaccination (JYNNEOS®) (12 Aug)
- NSW Health: Monkeypox webpage for clinicians
- Murray PHN: Infection prevention control webinar with Marg Jennings (15 Sept)
- ASHM: Clinical Alert (2 Aug)
Page last updated 14 September 2022