Constanza Jackson, Amanda Kvalsvig, Jennifer Summers, Michael Baker*
Jackson C, Kvalsvig A, Summers J, Baker M. Monkeypox has arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand: what is the level of risk and how do we manage it? Public Health Expert Blog. 11 July 2022. https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/monkeypox-has-arrived-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-what-is-the-level-of-risk-and-how-do-we-manage-it/
The global outbreak of monkeypox has for the first time caused widespread transmission outside African countries where it is endemic. Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) had its first case diagnosed on Saturday 9 July 2022. This outbreak currently represents a relatively low public health risk to NZ because, while potentially transmissible here, spread is easily contained with case isolation and contact management. However, this outbreak could become an important global health threat for low- and middle-income countries. NZ should consider supporting health initiatives to control this infection in countries where it is an endemic zoonotic disease, and in other countries to eliminate it, including in NZ itself.