First discovery of monkeypox in Brisbane

The first case of monkeypox has been reported in an Australian state, prompting an urgent contact tracing campaign by health authorities.

Queensland confirmed its first case of the rare monkeypox virus on Monday.

Health officials said the positive case was self-isolating at home in Brisbane under virtual observation.

They added that the risk to public health is considered very low.

Monkeypox is commonly associated with Central and West Africa, but has recently spread to other parts of the world, including Australia.

As a rule, it is transmitted through very close contact with the patient.

“Contract tracing is currently underway to identify anyone who may have come into contact with the infected,” Queensland Health said in a statement.

“Potential close contacts will be contacted directly.”

Although monkeypox can be serious, most people recover completely within a few days.

Since May 20 of this year, 16 cases have been recorded in New South Wales.

Symptoms usually begin 7-14 days after infection and include fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, and exhaustion.

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Originally published as First case of monkeypox reported in Queensland