On 8 September 2018, Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. This is the first time the infection has been diagnosed in the UK.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people. It is usually a mild, self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals. The infection can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person, however there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.
The patient is a resident of Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK. As a precautionary measure, PHE are working closely with NHS colleagues and will be contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice.
Advice and information on monkeypox is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and PHE websites.
Source: PHE, 8 September 2018.