Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

It is contagious and can spread from person-to-person through skin-to-skin contact, contact with infected surfaces or items, and respiratory droplets. Transmission does however require prolonged and often intimate contact with an infected individuals.

What do people need to watch out for?

The first symptoms of monkeypox are usually fever, chills, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion.

After a few days a blistering rash usually appears in the mouth and on the face, and then spreads to other parts of the body. The rash can appear on the palms of hands, the soles of feet, and on the genitalia. The rash changes and goes through different stages similar to chickenpox, before finally becoming a scan that falls off.

Sometimes the illness begins with the rash, and this has been demonstrated in the current outbreak.

Symptoms usually resolve themselves within a few weeks.

To read more, click on the fact sheet from the Ovens Murray Public Health Unit.

Other information form the Department of Health is available below:

For additional information, click here

Monkeypox vaccine

Limited supplies of the monkeypox vaccine are now available to protect those most at risk.

The existing vaccine supply has been largely rolled out through sexual health clinics in Victoria.

The eligibility criteria can be found at

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