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General Practice Clinical alert: Monkeypox

As of the 20 May, ​NSW Health has confirmed a recently returned traveller from Europe has the monkeypox virus. The urgent testing that identified the probable case of monkeypox has been confirmed by further tests.

This is the first case of monkeypox to be confirmed in NSW.

Cases of monkeypox have been identified in several non-endemic countries in recent weeks, including several European countries and the United States.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people and is usually associated with travel to Central or West Africa, where it is endemic.

If a person suspects monkeypox, clinicians are advised to immediately notify the on call Westmead Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist on 8890 5555 to discuss the case and management.

See NSW health alert for more information (please note this document is as current at the 19th of May, case numbers may have changed).