Australia’s chief medical officer said monkeypox is now a national infectious disease.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly made an important announcement Thursday morning.
In Australia, 44 cases were reported, most of which were among returning international travelers.
Professor Kelly’s announcement means the federal government can take emergency action to control the outbreak.
Monkeypox is a viral infection that causes a rash and is spread through very close contact with someone with monkeypox.
Professor Kelly said the viral rash and flu-like symptoms are relatively mild and in most cases go away on their own within two to four weeks without the need for special treatment.
Originally published as Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly’s Grand Declaration on Monkeypox