We are contacting any potential close contacts of the cases to provide health information and advice. Clinicians should be alert to individuals presenting with rashes without a clear alternative diagnosis and should contact specialist services for advice. Monkeypox has not previously been described as a sexually transmitted infection, though it can be passed on by direct contact during sex. It can also be passed on through other close contact with a person who has monkeypox or contact with clothing or linens used by a person who has monkeypox.
- Clinicians should be alert to any individual presenting with unusual rashes without a clear alternative diagnosis and should contact specialist services for advice.
- The UK Health Security Agency has detected 18 additional cases of monkeypox in England, and one additional case in Scotland.
- Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, should contact NHS 111