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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is investigating a number of cases of monkeypox in England.
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.
- Unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
- Muscle aches
- Chills and exhaustion
- Swollen lymph nodes
If you think you have monkeypox symptoms – however mild:
- 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.
More information can be found here - www.nhs.uk/conditions/monkeypox
If you are concerned about monkeypox and believe you may have symptoms, or if you have come into contact with someone with monkeypox, please do not enter our hospitals or clinics.