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Two cases of monkeypox in the ACT

ACT Health has identified two cases of monkeypox in ACT residents, but says the transmission risk to the community remains low.

The authority says the affected people travelled to Europe and recently returned to the ACT, where they have reported mild symptoms and are isolating at home.

ACT Health is continuing contact tracing but says no high-risk contacts have been identified so far.

Kerryn Coleman, the ACT chief health officer, said it is important to remember that monkeypox is rare and not easily spread between people, usually requiring direct skin-to-skin or prolonged face-to-face contact.

Illness associated with the monkeypox virus is usually mild, although complications can occur.

Symptoms may initially include fever, chills, muscle aches, backache, and swollen lymph nodes.

Following these symptoms, a rash usually develops, that spreads to…

Read more at www.theguardian.com

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