Figures published today show there have been 34 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in Scotland since 23 May 2022. This includes an additional two cases since our last report on 28 June 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.
Plans for a wider pre-exposure vaccination programme are in development for some healthcare workers who work in high-risk settings and some gay and bisexual men at higher risk of exposure. Full details on how eligible people can get vaccinated will be set out by Scottish Government in due course.
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, said:
“Cases of monkeypox continue to increase across the UK, with England now reporting over 1000 cases since the first infection was noticed in May.
“Although cases are currently relatively low in Scotland, it’s important to remain vigilant. Noticing the signs and symptoms of monkeypox early and taking appropriate action will prevent the infection from establishing a foothold in Scotland which could lead to a significant increase in cases.
“Anyone with an unusual blister-like rash or small number of blister-like sores on any part of their body, including their genital area, should avoid close contact with others and seek medical advice via telephone if they have any concerns”.
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).