Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number of cases in the UK. That number is rising.
Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.
The virus can spread if there is close contact between people and the risk to the UK population is low.
Anyone can catch and pass on monkey pox. However, recent cases have been detected in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
We advise these people in particular to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.