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In July, the World Health Organization declared Monkeypox a global public health concern. The risk of catching it in the UK remains low.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection and can be passed from person to person. Most cases have been in men who have sex with other men.

The first symptoms of Monkeypox, which generally appear between five and 21 days from infection, include:

  • high temperature or fever
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • backache
  • swollen glands
  • shivering or chills
  • exhaustion
  • joint pain

A rash usually appears one to five days after the first symptoms, often beginning on the face before spreading to other body parts. The symptoms usually clear up in a few weeks. While a person has symptoms, they can pass the disease on to others.

Monkeypox can spread through direct contact with rashes or bodily fluids or from touching objects and fabrics used by someone with Monkeypox. The importance of appropriate Infection Prevention Controls applicable in each country is emphasised. If any symptoms are seen, a referral for immediate testing must be made.