Australia’s chief medical officer sounds the alarm over monkeypox declaring disease is an ‘incident of national significance’: Here’s what it means for you
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer declared monkeypox a an ‘incident of national significance’ as Australia rakes up 44 cases.
CMO Paul Kelly’s declaration means the virus will now require national policies, intervention and public messaging.
It follows the World Health Organization (WHO)’s announcement yesterday that the monkeypox virus is to be treated as a global health emergency.
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly declared monkeypox a an ‘incident of national significance’
More than 20,000 monkeypox cases have been recorded in 71 countries which have no previous record of the virus, including Australis where 44 cases have been reported.
Mr Kelly said monkeypox is less harmful than Covid and that no deaths have been recorded.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommended the use of two smallpox vaccines to immunise the population against monkeypox in response to growing concerns.
‘Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting illness, and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur, particularly in immunocompromised people,’ it said.
More to come.