Mpox is a viral disease that can be passed from person to person, most often through close physical or sexual contact. Outside of very close contacts, the virus is not very contagious and the risk of the virus spreading widely remains low.
If you think you might have mpox, call:
Mpox (Monkeypox) prevention is now available in Aotearoa (see prevention below to book your consultation).
Most people with mpox develop a rash or other skin changes on the infection site such as lesions, which are lumps and bumps that can turn into pimples, blisters or sores. These may spread to other parts of the body such as the plams of the hand, soles of the feet, inside the mouth, or on the genitals.
Other symptoms may include:
For more information about symptoms visit the Ministry of Health website:
People at greater risk of mpox (Monkeypox) can book a consultation with a health professional to discuss mpox prevention options. At the consultation a health professional will discuss your risk of exposure to mpox, and options, benefits and risks of vaccination. Following the consultation the vaccination may be prescribed.
To check your eligibility and book an appointment:
The consultation service and vaccination are all free.
Vaccination for mpox should only take place after a person and their healthcare professional have assessed the possible risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine, and the person has provided informed consent to have the vaccine, and that information about the prescribing will be supplied to the Ministry of Health.