Monkeypox Update

Monkeypox has been reported in the news across the UK recently and it is important to ensure people are considering the available information to ensure they stay informed.

Published: Wednesday, 1st June 2022

Close-up of monkeypox lesions on the arm and leg of a female child.

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 abroad. 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 and data suggests there is limited cause for concern currently in the Hounslow area. All the same we are advising people 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.

Monkeypox symptoms

  • Unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills and exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • 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.
  • 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.

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