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Monkeypox cases DOUBLE in Victoria – prompting urgent new health warning

A fresh monkeypox warning (pictured) has been issued in Victoria as the number of cases in the state almost doubled in 16 days.  The picture shows a case from the African Congo

Monkeypox cases have DOUBLE in one Australian state – prompting urgent new health warning

  • Victoria Health has issued a renewed public health warning over monkeypox
  • The number of cases in the state has nearly doubled in 16 days as the virus spreads
  • At-risk groups have been asked to take precautions against the virus

A new monkeypox warning has been issued in Victoria as the number of cases across the state almost doubled in two weeks.

Since Saturday, 40 monkeypox infections have been reported in Victoria. That’s up from 22 cases since August 4.

Nationwide, there have been 89 cases of the virus, which spreads through skin-to-skin contact or touching contaminated objects.

At-risk groups, including men who have sex with men, are being advised to take precautions as cases rise.

They should limit their sexual partners and get the latest smallpox vaccine to protect themselves, the Victorian Department of Health said in a statement on Saturday.

Vaccines are available at a number of sexual health clinics across Victoria, although supply is limited.

A fresh monkeypox warning (pictured) has been issued in Victoria as the number of cases in the state almost doubled in 16 days.  The picture shows a case from the African Congo

A fresh monkeypox warning (pictured) has been issued in Victoria as the number of cases in the state almost doubled in 16 days. The picture shows a case from the African Congo

Symptoms of monkeypox include rashes, lesions or sores (pictured), especially around the genitals

Symptoms of monkeypox include rashes, lesions or sores (pictured), especially around the genitals

Monkeypox was first reported in Australia in May this year.

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Symptoms include rashes, lesions or sores – especially around the genitals – as well as fever, pain and swollen lymph nodes.

Last month, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.

More than 35,000 cases of the disease and 12 related deaths have been reported worldwide, according to the health organization.

Of the 89 recorded Australian monkeypox infections, 40 are in Victoria and 39 in NSW, while three cases are also in Queensland, three in Western Australia and two each in the ACT and South Australia.

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