NSW Health identifies ‘probable’ case of monkeypox in Sydney
A Sydney man aged in his 40s is suspected of having the monkeypox virus.
NSW Health identified the “probable case”, saying the man had recently returned to Sydney from Europe.
He developed a mild illness several days after arriving home, then went to his GP with symptoms clinically compatible with monkeypox.
Urgent testing identified a probable case of monkeypox, with confirmatory testing underway.
He and his household contact are isolating at home.
“NSW Health has issued a clinician alert to GPs and hospitals across the state, and has also been in contact with sexual health services to increase awareness of the cases identified overseas and to provide advice on diagnosis and referral,” chief health officer Kerry Chant said.
“We will be speaking with GPs about this issue again today.”
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people and is usually linked to travel to Central or West Africa.
“Cases are occasionally reported in non-endemic countries in returning travellers or their close contacts, or in owners of imported pets,” Dr Chant said.
“People can contract monkeypox through very close contact with people who are infected with the virus.
“The infection is usually a mild illness and most people recover within a few weeks.”
Monkeypox has been identified in several non-endemic countries in recent weeks, including several European countries and the United States.
Originally published as NSW Health identifies ‘probable’ case of monkeypox in Sydney
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