Fourth case of monkeypox identified in New South Wales

A fourth and a probable fifth case of monkeypox has been identified in New South Wales in residents who recently travelled to Europe.

Several days after arriving home to Sydney, two men in their 30s developed mild illnesses, with doctors determining symptoms "clinically compatible" with the virus.

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This electron microscopic (EM) image depicted a monkeypox virion, obtained from a clinical sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. It was a thin section image from of a human skin sample. On the left were mature, oval-shaped virus particles, and on the right were the crescents, and spherical particles of immature virions. High Resolution:	Click here for hi-resolution image (5.21 MB) Content Providers(s):	CDC/ Cynthia S. Goldsmith Creation Date:	2003 Photo Credit:	Cynthia S. Goldsmi

"Urgent testing results for one of the men is consistent with monkeypox, making it the fourth case in NSW.

"His companion is likely to be confirmed as the fifth case," NSW Health confirmed in a statement.

Both men are isolating at home as the health department undertakes contact tracing.

Investigations to date have identified no high-risk contacts in NSW and these new cases are not connected to the three previously reported in the state.

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