What is Monkeypox?
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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
- Muscle aches
- Chills and exhaustion
- Swollen glands
Click here for more information on what to do if you have any concerns about monkeypox.