Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral disease that can be transmitted by close contact with skin lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials. MPX is zoonotic, which means it can pass between animals and humans. MPX is a rare infection and the risk of it spreading widely in New Zealand remains low as it is not very contagious.
If you think you may have been exposed to MPX or if you develop symptoms, especially a rash, you should stay home, self-isolate and seek medical advice. You can contact your nearest sexual health clinic, your GP, or Healthline on 0800 611 116.
If you need to visit a medical practice or hospital for care, you should call ahead before visiting to let them know you are coming and tell them about your symptoms. To avoid passing on MPX to others, wear a well-fitted medical mask, cover any rashes or blisters on your skin, and travel via private transport.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) website provides detailed information about Monkeypox including advice about at-risk communities, symptomatic people, cases and contacts.
Page last updated: 24 August 2022
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