Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease. The virus spreads through very close contact and generally causes a mild self-limiting illness, with most people recovering within a few weeks.

Risk to the population is low but most cases reported have been predominantly in gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. These groups are advised to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia.

Symptoms of monkeypox include unusual rashes or lesions on any part of the body including the face or genital area, fever, muscle aches, chills and exhaustion, headaches and swollen lymph nodes.

If you think you have monkeypox symptoms – however mild - please call NHS 111. Your call will be treated sensitively and confidentially. Please avoid close personal or sexual contact with others until you have had a clinical assessment.

If you have any concerns, call our advice line on 01902 481689 9am-12pm Monday to Friday.

You can find more information on the NHS website.