Overview

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 21 November 2022 there have been 96 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox reported since 23 May 2022.

This is an increase of 1 case 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

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

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

Vaccination

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.

Green Book

View the Green Book, chapter 29 for vaccine information about smallpox and monkeypox.

Further vaccination information

View information on monkeypox vaccination on NHS inform. There are also details of local sexual health services.

Last updated: 06 October 2022