Mpox (monkeypox)



Mpox is a viral disease that can be passed from person to person, most often through close physical or sexual contact. Outside of very close contacts, the virus is not very contagious and the risk of the virus spreading widely remains low. While anyone can get mpox, New Zealand’s outbreak so far has mostly affected people of any gender who have multiple or anonymous sexual partners. Men who have sex with men and their sexual partners have been disproportionately impacted.

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Mpox symptoms

Common mpox symptoms include a skin rash or other skin changes such as lesions - lumps or bumps that can turn into pimples, blisters or sores. Some people also get cold and flu symptoms, fever, swollen glands or muscle aches. If you have symptoms, stay home and contact a sexual health clinic, your local health care provider or ring Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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About mpox

Information on the mpox virus, cases in New Zealand, how mpox spreads, symptoms, testing and how to prevent the spread of mpox.

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Find out if you are at risk of mpox

Answer a few questions to help understand if you are at risk of mpox.

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Advice for people with mpox and close contacts

Information about self-isolating, support, and treatment for people with mpox and on what to do if you are a close contact.

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Information for clinicians

Information for clinicians including signs and symptoms, primary and sexual health care, and on further guidance.

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Infection prevention and control

Specific guidance for people who need to isolate, accommodation providers, venue providers and health practitioners.

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Consultations for high-risk individuals

From 16 January 2023, dedicated mpox consultation clinics will become available at approximately 40 locations across Aotearoa for people who may be at higher risk of contracting mpox.

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