First monkeypox case confirmed in Queensland

Health officials have confirmed the first case of monkeypox has been detected in Queensland.

The infected person is now isolating at home in Brisbane and is being monitored remotely by medical staff.

Contact tracing is now underway to identify anyone who may have come into contact with the positive case.


However, the risk to the public is considered low.

It comes amid growing cases across Australia with New South Wales investigating the likelihood of local transmission among two cases there.

More than 5,300 cases had been reported worldwide in the first six months of this year.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.

Those symptoms typically begin between seven and 14 days after exposure.

Monkeypox spreads from one person to another through prolonged close contact by inhaling infected droplets, or direct contact with infected bodily fluids, lesions or scabs on the skin, or contaminated objects, such as bedding or clothes.