Please note that this disease has now been renamed to 'mpox' by the World Health Organisation.
- Monkeypox is a rare infection not normally seen outside of Africa.
- It was largely eradicated when the smallpox vaccine was rolled out, however not entirely.
- The risk of catching it in the UK remains low.
- Whilst there has been some transmission between individuals in the UK, this is a largely self-contained infection requiring close contact with the individual or material that has been in prolonged contact with the skin and lesions of someone with the disease.