Up to 4 August 2022, there were 2,768 confirmed and 91 highly probable monkeypox cases in the UK: 2,859 in total. Of these, 67 were in Scotland, 25 were in Northern Ireland, 37 were in Wales and 2,730 were in England.

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A high proportion of England cases were London residents (72%, 1,954 of 2,717 with location information). For confirmed and highly probable cases in the UK, where gender information was available, 2,806 (99%) were men and 29 were women. The median age of confirmed and highly probable cases in the UK was 36 years (interquartile range 31-43). — UKHSA

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Dr Meera Chand, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA:

“While the most recent data suggests the growth of the outbreak has slowed, we cannot be complacent. Be vigilant of and check yourself for monkeypox symptoms, including rashes and blisters.

“If you are concerned that you may have monkeypox symptoms, take a break from events, meeting with friends or having sexual contact. Instead, stay at home and contact 111 or your local sexual health service for advice.

The smallpox vaccine is being offered to individuals at higher risk of coming into contact with monkeypox in order to offer them protection and to reduce the spread of disease.”

Monkeypox: background information
The epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis and management of monkeypox virus infections.
Monkeypox: case definitions
This guidance describes case definitions to inform testing and reporting of suspected monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox: contact tracing
Classification of contacts and advice for vaccination and follow-up of contacts of confirmed monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox: diagnostic testing
Information on taking, submitting and processing samples which potentially contain monkeypox virus.
Monkeypox vaccination
Recommendations for the use of pre and post exposure vaccination during a monkeypox incident.

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latest studies

  • Infection-competent monkeypox virus contamination identified in domestic settings following an imported case of monkeypox into the UK

Environmental contamination in the household of a monkeypox patient in the UK. Mattress and sheet, towel, iPad, door handle, sofa samples containing infectious virus. It is nevertheless important to realise that secondary transmission is not that common. Hygiene matters.

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Counts of confirmed cases in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland are submitted to UKHSA by Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, and Public Health Scotland respectively.

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