Monkeypox: What we know and how to prepare

2 mins
Chris Maher AO
August 19th, 2022

The current situation

Monkeypox case numbers continue to rise and have hit a 7-day average of 1,000 new cases per day reported globally. Over 90 countries are now reporting cases, with evidence of spread in the general community. At this stage, the vast majority of cases have been reported from the northern hemisphere, where the summer holidays are still being enjoyed. As schools, universities, and workplaces begin to again fill up, more widespread community transmission will likely be observed.

Countries and regions of recorded cases include:

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Parts of Asia; Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan
  • Parts of the Middle East; Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Lebanon
  • Western Europe and parts of Eastern Europe
  • Parts of West Africa; Ghana and Liberia
  • North America
  • Most of Central and South America

Cause for concern?

So far, most of Australia’s Monkeypox cases have been infected during overseas travel. There is currently no major cause for concern, however, should we start to see increased transmission, there is a theoretical risk of transmission in environments of high skin-to-skin contact, including daycare, schools, and aged care facilities. Planning early measures to manage the risk of transmission and potential outbreaks in such settings is important.

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