Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but case numbers are increasing quickly in the UK at the moment.
It is a viral infection, which causes a mild illness. Symptoms are:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Loss of appetite
- Chickenpox-like rash
If you have had chickenpox before and develop a new rash, it’s unlikely to be chickenpox a second time.
The smallpox vaccine has a protective effect against monkeypox. Some vulnerable patients and their contacts are being invited for vaccination. Please wait to hear from us and do not contact the hospital to request a vaccination.
People aged 50+ are likely to have had the smallpox vaccine in childhood and there is some evidence this may protect against monkeypox.
What to do if you think you are a contact of someone with monkeypox or think you have Monkeypox symptoms:
Contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health clinic immediately. Your call will be treated sensitively and confidentially.
Avoid close personal or sexual contact with others until you know that this is not monkeypox.
For more information:
Please contact clinics ahead of your visit and avoid close contact with others until you have been seen by a clinician. Your call or discussion will be treated sensitively and confidentially.