ANOTHER monkeypox case identified in NSW

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A third case of monkeypox has been identified in NSW in a traveller who recently returned from Europe.

The man, aged in his 50s, developed a mild illness several days after arriving in Sydney, NSW Health reported.

The man is currently isolating at home, and it’s believe the case is not connected to the previous cases in NSW – one of which was identified just yesterday.

A monkeypox patient's hand has lesions on their fingers.
Symptoms of the monkeypox virus usually include skin lesions. Source: Getty

Latest case becomes fourth monkeypox diagnosis in Australia

The first known monkeypox case in Australia was found on May 16 in a Victorian man aged in his 30s.

The second was diagnosed four days later in a NSW man, who had recently returned from Europe.

The third was identified on Thursday, after a man in his 50s developed symptoms and underwent testing.

He is receiving care in hospital, NSW Health said.

The viral disease can be transmitted from person to person through air droplets, close bodily contact or sharing contaminated linens or objects.

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Worldwide cases of monkeypox have increased dramatically in the past month. Source: Our World In Data

Symptoms include having a fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion.

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant tempered worries about the spread of the disease.

"Monkeypox does not present a transmission risk to the general community, and has until recently not been an infection most clinicians in NSW would have been looking fo,r or concerned about in their patients," she said.

The World Health Organisation said 23 countries that are not endemic for monkeypox virus have reported cases since mid-May, including the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico and Israel.

A Monkeypox patient has lesions on their arm and chest.
Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion.

Close contacts of Australian patient forced to quarantine in Thailand

One patient who travelled from Europe to Australia via Thailand forced 12 strangers into quarantine in Bangkok.

After testing positive to the virus after arriving in Australia, the passengers and crew who came in contact with the man on the flight into Bangkok were placed into quarantine.

Dr Chakkarat Pitayawonganon, director of the department's epidemiology division, told reporters the situation is considered ‘low-risk’ and travellers would need to isolate for three weeks after seven days of quarantine.

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