What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, and while there have been several cases in the UK recently – the risk to the UK population remains low.

Monkeypox is a viral infection and is usually a mild illness, passed on by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.

The virus can be passed on through close person-to-person contact and can affect anyone. the virus can be passed on through close physical contact, or contact with items used by a person who has monkeypox such as clothing, bedding or utensils.

Anyone can get monkeypox. Currently most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men , so it’s important for people from this group to be aware of the symptoms, and to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.

Signs and symptoms

  • Recent unexpected/unusual spots, ulcers or blisters anywhere on your body
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills and exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Swollen glands

Click here for more information on what to do if you have any concerns about monkeypox.