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  • Mpox (monkeypox) is a disease caused by infection with the Mpox virus.
  • It does not easily spread between people, as it usually requires prolonged physical or intimate (skin-to-skin) contact with an infectious person.
  • Since May 2022, there has been a multi-country outbreak of Mpox which has mostly impacted men who have sex with men.
  • Mpox continues to spread in many countries. In Victoria, the risk of local transmission linked to international travel remains.
  • If you develop symptoms, you are urged to seek medical care and testing and limit your contact with others until advised of your test result
  • An increased supply of vaccine is now available in Victoria, and more people are now eligible for vaccination.
  • People who have had their first dose at least 28 days ago can now receive their second dose.
  • Australian health authorities are continuing to monitor the evolving outbreak and provide updated information as it becomes available.
  • Vaccination is available free-of-charge for eligible people through Local Public Health Units and certain sexual health clinics and health services.

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Reviewed on: 07-11-2022