Monkeypox case update, 22 September 2022

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22 September 2022

Manatū Hauora – Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand are today reporting four additional cases of Monkeypox in New Zealand since the last update, taking the total number of cases to nine.

The agencies are moving from reporting each individual case to providing weekly updates, provided here from Thursday 29 September Monkeypox (MPX) | Ministry of Health NZ

The four cases, all reported in the past seven days, have all recently returned from overseas. Three are isolating in the Auckland region, and one in the South Island, following a positive test result.

Significantly, in all four cases, there is no current evidence of community transmission and public health staff have assessed the risk of transmission from the cases as low.

To protect the privacy of these people and their contacts, we will be making no further comment at this stage.

The Ministry continues to monitor developments related to Monkeypox.  Advice has been provided to public health units, primary health organisations and sexual health clinics to assist with identifying potential cases. Health professionals are again reminded to remain vigilant for any possible cases of MPX.

We continue to advise anyone who will have close physical or sexual contact while overseas, or with people who’ve recently been overseas, to be mindful of MPX symptoms and the health advice. See the link below for more information.

According to the World Health Organization’s 21 September 2022 report, the number of Monkeypox cases reported globally peaked in mid-August and the numbers of cases in Europe and the Americas are declining. 

Information, including symptoms and public health advice, can be found at Monkeypox (MPX).

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