Since 6 May 2022 public health agencies in the United Kingdom have been responding to an outbreak of monkeypox.
Here we present the most up-to-date information for healthcare professionals – we are collaborating with partner organisations and will update these pages as this situation evolves.
On 19 July the four public health agencies of the United Kingdom updated the principles for monkeypox control in the UK.
From 21 June 2022, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox will be published on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Current situation
As of 12 noon on Monday 5 December 2022, there have been 97 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox reported since 23 May 2022.
There has been no increase in cases since the page was last updated.
The majority of cases are adults known to be gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) and report travel within 21 days of symptom onset.
Investigations continue but currently no single factor or exposure that links the cases has been identified.
Guidance for professionals
Public health management of cases
Our PHS guidance for health protection teams (HPTs) is based on the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA):
- principles for monkeypox control in the UK four nations consensus statement
- associated UKHSA monkeypox guidance
Download PHS case and contact information sheets for HPTs from SHPIR (login required).
Briefing for health professionals
View our monkeypox briefing for professionals.
Social media toolkit
View and download social media assets to help spread our message.
Enhanced surveillance data is being coordinated by devolved administrations and submitted centrally to a UK monkeypox database at UKHSA.
Country-level data will be available to devolved administrations in real-time.
For confirmed cases, submit an enhanced questionnaire – this is available on SHPIR (login required).
Infection control guidance
- ARHAI guidance on infection prevention and control in healthcare settings
- PHS guidance on cleaning sex-on-premises venues
- PHS advice on cleaning in domestic settings is available in the UKHSA principles for monkeypox control in the UK
- UKHSA principles for monkeypox control in the UK
Vaccine doses administered
As of 13 November 2022, there have been 3524 individuals vaccinated with MVA vaccine.
Sexual health clinics continue to administer vaccinations to high risk individuals.
Workforce education resources
Access TURAS for resources on vaccination against monkeypox using MVA-BN vaccines.
Informing PHS and requesting the vaccine
Information for local health protection teams about how to inform PHS following public health assessment and how to request the vaccine.
You will need a SHPIR login to access this.
Pre and post-exposure vaccination
View the Green Book, chapter 29 for vaccine information about smallpox and monkeypox.
Download our monkeypox vaccination leaflet for use with the public.
Information for the public
Members of the public should go to NHS inform to find out about:
PHS also produce advice leaflets to support members of the public: