20 May 2022

​NSW Health can now confirm a recently returned traveller from Europe has the monkeypox virus.

The urgent testing that identified the probable case of monkeypox has been confirmed by further tests.

This is the first case of monkeypox to be confirmed in NSW.

The man in his 40s continues to isolate at home, with care and support being provided by their GP and NSW Health.

Cases of monkeypox have been identified in several non-endemic countries in recent weeks, including several European countries and the United States.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people and is usually associated with travel to Central or West Africa, where it is endemic.

Further information on monkeypox is available from the World Health Organization