“There will also be avenues for men who have sex with men to go to high-risk areas abroad and engage in high-risk activities…we are working on those details together. [health organisation] It’s ACON at the moment,” Chant said.
But the vaccine was no silver bullet against monkeypox, she said.
“Because it is not possible to completely protect against the virus, we are working with community partners, such as ACON, sexual health and infectious disease services, and physicians with a special interest in HIV and sexual health, to help prevent monkeypox. We are communicating and facilitating risks, preventing and supporting vaccine deployment,” Chant said.
“In particular, we advise people who have recently traveled abroad to the UK, Europe or North America to be aware of their symptoms.”
More than 26,000 monkeypox cases have been reported worldwide, and the majority of patients live in countries that have never dealt with the virus before.
Australia has 58 cases of monkeypox nationwide, including 33 in NSW. All but two of the 58 cases were returnees from abroad.
But ACON acting CEO Karen Price said the number of cases in Australia is very likely to rise.
“That’s why access to this vaccine is essential, if it can reach people who are most at risk of infection. [monkeypox]protect the health and well-being of vulnerable community members and prevent monkeypox outbreaks in NSW and Australia,” said Price.
Dr Nick Medland, president of the Australian Society of HIV Medicine (ASHM) and researcher at the Kirby Institute, said the outbreak began to slow down after 75,000 members of the affected community received their first dose of the vaccine. He said the virus may not be eliminated until then. 250,000 doses have been administered.
“We are working closely with affected communities to ensure that health systems are ready to provide safe and equitable vaccine deployment,” Medland said. From HIV, we know that our response to infectious disease is only effective when clinicians work hand in hand with those most affected,” he said.
Advice for Returnees from Overseas Monkeypox Endemic Areas
Men who have sex with men returning from the UK, Europe or North America, especially those who have attended dance parties, sex parties or saunas, should be monitored for signs and symptoms of monkeypox.
Symptoms of concern include:
- sore throat
- muscle and body pain
- swollen lymph nodes
Symptoms usually appear within 2 weeks of exposure, but can take up to 3 weeks.
Limit sexual partners after returning home and maintain a list of people with whom you have sexual contact. NSW Health can warn these people to minimize the spread.
If you are advised that you are a close contact, isolate immediately and contact your primary care physician or sexual health clinic.
If you have questions about monkeypox contact the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.
Australia’s chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, said Thursday that the virus could affect anyone, including immunocompromised people, children and pregnant women.
“When you get into these populations, it can get very serious, so that’s why we’re taking the steps we’re taking, and a vaccine would really help with that,” Kelly said. rice field.
He said monkeypox does not generally cause serious illness, but recently one death each was reported in Brazil, Spain and India.
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NSW monkeypox vaccine to start on Monday
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