Victoria’s monkeypox outbreak turns around

Victoria’s monkeypox outbreak turns around

The state monkeypox outbreak has turned around with no new cases reported in the past couple of weeks, according to Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Professor Sutton took to social media on Friday afternoon to share the good news, which he said could be attributed to the pillars of public health.

Victoria has had no MPX monkeypox cases for a few weeks now, having had a lot of early growth in cases, he said.

Those pillars of public health response work are to be seen and behold. Case isolation, contact tracing and early testing through close engagement with the at-risk community is a key factor in case isolation, contact tracing and early testing.

Professor Sutton offered special thanks to parts of the LGBTQI community who were most affected by the outbreak.

He said that this has turned around because of their responsiveness and engagement.

Victoria's reported tally of monkeypox cases has remained at 67 since September 7.

Victorian authorities expressed concern last month as cases rose, as it is the highest of any state or territory.

As of September 22, federal health figures listed 52 cases in New South Wales, seven in Western Australia, four in Queensland, three in the ACT and two in South Australia.

Professor Sutton encouraged eligible Victorians to register their interest online ahead of improved supply next month.