Monkeypox virus has spread to the Northern Territory

The first positive case of a rare viral disease of monkeypox has been reported in the Northern Territory.

Health officials said it was a returned traveler who is self-isolating at the Upper End.

The health department said in a statement that the individual does not pose a health risk or transmission to the public.

The total number of cases in Australia has increased to 42, after the ACT also registered its first and only case last week.

There have also been 22 cases in New South Wales, 15 in Victoria, one in Queensland and one in South Australia.

Most of the recent cases of monkeypox in Australia have occurred abroad.

Health experts say the spread of the disease, which is less contagious than Covid, can be effectively controlled through lockdown measures.

Transmission of the disease usually requires direct skin-to-skin contact or prolonged face-to-face contact with an infected person.

Symptoms may initially include fever, chills, muscle aches, back pain, and swollen lymph nodes.

After that, patients develop a rash, which can appear throughout the body in the form of small sores.

Most people with monkeypox do not need treatment and recover completely within a couple of weeks.

The disease is endemic in 11 African countries, where the mortality rate is between three and six percent.

The ongoing global outbreak of the virus has now spread to the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East and other regions, many of which are reporting their first cases.

Originally published as Monkeypox virus has spread to the Northern Territory