An additional case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Scotland. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases reported since 23 May to five. Moving forward, any additional cases of monkeypox will be updated on the PHS monkeypox web page.

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, vaccine.

Public Health Scotland (PHS) has been working closely with NHS Boards and other partners to raise awareness of the disease and ensure services are ready to respond. In addition, 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.

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.

Further information on the symptoms of and treatment for monkeypox are available on NHS Inform (external website).

Last updated: 06 October 2022