Third case of monkeypox confirmed in New Zealand

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FILE PHOTO: The palms of a monkeypox case patient from Lodja, a city located within the Katako-Kombe Health Zone, are seen during a health investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. Brian W.J. Mahy/CDC/Handout via REUTERS
FILE PHOTO: The palms of a monkeypox case patient from Lodja, a city located within the Katako-Kombe Health Zone, are seen during a health investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. Brian W.J. Mahy/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

New Zealand has a third confirmed case of Monkeypox, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.

The person recently returned from overseas and is currently isolating in the South Island.

“There is no evidence of community transmission from this case,” the Ministry said. “Public health staff have assessed the risk of transmission from this case as low.”

The Ministry said it would not be making further comment at this stage, to protect the privacy of the person and their contacts.

It comes after a second case was reported in Aotearoa on 11 July. The first case in the country was confirmed two days earlier.

The Ministry of Health says people with Monkeypox are contagious from the time that they develop their first symptoms and until rash lesions crust, dry or fall off.

The first symptom is usually fever, but occasionally it starts with a rash.

More information about Monkeypox, including symptoms and public health advice can be found here.

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