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Eight cases of mpox recorded in Queensland

Health officials say the mpox cluster in Qld is not related to an outbreak in Victoria.

Health officials say the mpox cluster in Qld is not related to an outbreak in Victoria. Photo: AAP

Contact tracing is reportedly ongoing in Queensland after eight cases of Mpox were recorded in the month of May.

Queensland Health told the ABC that the state had recorded its biggest cluster of the virus, but it is not linked to an outbreak found in Victoria last month.

Victoria had recorded 16 confirmed cases of mpox since 18 April, with 13 of these cases locally acquired.

Seventy cases of mpox were recorded in Victoria in 2022, before the yearly total fell to eight in 2023.

The eight cases in Queensland are all linked, with authorities now contact tracing to locate potentially more people with the disease.

High risk groups in Queensland such as sex workers are eligible for free vaccines through sexual health clinics and GPs.

Mpox spreads from person to person through close contact with skin lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets or contaminated objects such as bedding or clothes.

The disease can present as a mild illness with symptoms similar to influenza such as fever, headache or swelling of the lymph nodes.

Between one-to-three days after fever, a rash develops on the face which then can spread to other parts of the body.

Mpox was first reported in Australia May 2022.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the mpox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 23 July 2022.

On 28 July 2022, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer declared monkeypox to be a communicable disease Incident of national significance.

– AAP

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