Figures published today show there have been 46 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in Scotland since 23 May 2022. This includes an additional two cases since our last report on 12 July 2022.
Any additional cases of monkeypox will be updated on our monkeypox webpage.
Currently most cases in Scotland are in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, and are primarily associated with recent travel to London or Europe.
The individuals are receiving care and treatment appropriate to their condition in line with nationally agreed protocols and guidance. Close contacts of the cases are being identified and provided with health information, advice and, where appropriate, vaccination.
The wider pre-exposure programme has started in some areas of Scotland, with vaccination being offered to some gay and bisexual men at higher risk of exposure and a small number of healthcare workers who work in high-risk settings. Full details on how eligible people can get vaccinated will be set out shortly by Scottish Government.
Monkeypox is a viral infection only recently detected in the UK. It is generally a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone already infected and with symptoms of monkeypox. Most people recover within a few weeks.
Dr Nick Phin, Director of Public Health Science and Medical Director at Public Health Scotland (PHS), said:
“We continue to ask the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, particularly as there are currently a number of large social events happening across the country.
“Anyone can get monkeypox and it is passed by close skin-to skin contact with someone who has the infection. Simple measures like checking for unusual blister-like rashes or blister-like sores on any part of the body before attending an event or party can make a real difference.
“By noticing a possible infection early and seeking medical advice, we can prevent onward spread within our communities”.
PHS continues to work with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Wales and Northern Ireland HSC Health Protection Agency to monitor and respond to potential and confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK.
Information on the symptoms of and treatment for monkeypox are available on NHS inform (external website).