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Fifth monkeypox case detected in Queensland

September 26, 2022 7:35 am in by

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

Its the fifth case of monkeypox detected in the state. 

Queensland Health is working to contact close contacts linked to the positive case, but says the public health risk to Queensland is considered low.

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

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

Anyone with symptoms is being told to consult their GP or sexual health provider.

Queensland Health has issued a release, saying it 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.”

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“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.”

More information about monkeypox is available on the Queensland Health website.

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