Update on monkeypox in Scotland
First published on 07 October 2022
- Conditions and diseases
- Health protection
Since our last report on 4 October 2022, laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox in Scotland are unchanged at 94. Currently most cases in Scotland are in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, however, anyone can get monkeypox.
Identification of cases and vaccination are the main control measures. The wider pre-exposure vaccination programme is underway in Scotland and NHS Boards across the country are working at pace to offer vaccines to gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men at higher risk of exposure, and a small number of healthcare workers who work in high-risk settings, as quickly as possible.
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. In addition, PHS continues to work with colleagues across the UK to ensure vaccine doses continue to be available.
Given the current stabilisation in cases, the monkeypox news section of the website is likely to be updated on an ad hoc basis moving forward.
Any additional cases of monkeypox will continue to be updated on the dedicated PHS monkeypox webpage.
Please visit NHS Inform for further information on the symptoms of and treatment for monkeypox and the vaccination programme.