While in May 2023 the World Health Organization declared that the mpox (previously known as monkeypox) outbreak is no longer a global health emergency, it is noted that sporadic cases are still being detected overseas and in Australia. Clinicians are urged to remain alert for symptoms. Mpox symptoms can include painful ulcers on the genitals and in/around the mouth and/or anus. If a person with epidemiological risk presents with symptoms of mpox, then immediately contact your local public health unit for advice.
Vaccines that prevent mpox are available in Australia. Find out about vaccine eligibility and availability via your state or territory Department of Health. Links to state and territory Department of Health information can be found on the ASHM website.
For more information please see:
- Information about mpox
- Information on vaccines for mpox in Australia
- CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Unites – mpox SoNG
- Mpox guidance in the Australian STI Management Guidelines for Primary Care
Or, access more resources in ASHM’s mpox toolkit.