Monkeypox (MPX)

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.

ASHM Vice-President and infectious diseases physician A/Prof James McMahon said, “Many of the cases seen in Australia and overseas have had atypical presentations, such as a milder illness or absence of fever, and presenting initially with rash around the genitals rather than all over the body. Possible cases need to be carefully assessed, particularly when symptoms present similarly to STIs.”

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. 

For community:

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).

A new Monkeypox HealthPathway is now available and which includes information about access to vaccinations. To request free access to Murray HealthPathways, click here.



Page last updated 14 September 2022

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