New Zealand health authorities have reported the first monkeypox case in the country.
The person is in their 30s, lives in Auckland and has recently returned from overseas travel in a country with reported cases of Monkeypox.
Given the increase in cases internationally, including Australia, the arrival in New Zealand was not unexpected.
There are a very small number of contacts of the case who are being advised to watch for symptoms. There is no evidence of community transmission.
Cases of Monkeypox outside of endemic countries have primarily been identified amongst gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men, and international cases have been clustered around events where this occurs.
The first symptoms of Monkeypox include one or more of the following: headache, acute onset of fever (>38.0C), chills, swollen lymph nodes, muscle and body aches, backache and tiredness. The characteristic rash, which typically looks similar to chicken pox, appears after a few days.
The majority of people with Monkeypox can be safely managed at home and there have been very few deaths from Monkeypox globally.
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