Monkeypox is a rare viral infection mainly spread by wild animals. It is very rare in the UK.
The latest cases bring the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed in England since Friday 6 May to 20, with recent cases predominantly in gay and bisexual men.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) are working closely with NHS England and NHS trusts, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the British HIV Association (BHIVA), and Terrence Higgins Trust to respond to this emerging situation.
The latest update from UKHSA is:
- There has been a small number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK, with the majority of those cases among gay and bisexual men.
- Monkeypox spreads through close contact, so is likely being spread during sex rather than through sexual transmission.
- Everyone is being asked to be aware of the monkeypox symptoms, but it’s important gay and bisexual men are alert as its believed to be spreading in sexual networks.
- If people have a rash anywhere or any of the other symptoms below, they should contact their local sexual health service by phone – not in person.
- The rash often starts on the face then spreads to other parts of the body, including the genitals.
- Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
Resources for the sector
Press releases (latest statements and updates).
The epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis and management of monkeypox virus infections.
NHS – Central Alert System (CAS)
Immediate actions in response to cases of Monkeypox Virus in the UK with no known travel history.
Monkeypox resources and operational documents.
This hub provides information for sexual health services (SHS), including:
- Latest guidance for SHS colleagues.
- Flowcharts for receptions, clinics receiving patients attending clinic.
- Operational issues to address potential monkeypox.
BHIVA rapid statement on monkeypox virus (impact on people with HIV).
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Risk assessment: Monkeypox multi-country outbreak
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Statement on the situation in the UK.
Information for the public
NHS information on transmission, symptoms, and treatment.
Terrence Higgins Trust monkeypox in the UK update, including frequently asked questions.
Coming soon: Social media assets and messaging
Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.