Overview

Since 6 May 2022 public health agencies in the United Kingdom have been responding to an outbreak of mpox.

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 mpox control in the UK.

Current situation

As of 12 noon on Monday 19 December 2022 there have been 97 laboratory-confirmed cases of mpox reported since 23 May 2022.

There has been no increase since the page was last updated.

Weekly mpox surveillance data updates will cease from 20 December 2022

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.

Guidance for professionals

Briefing for health professionals

View our mpox 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 mpox 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 18 December 2022, there have been 4172 individuals vaccinated with MVA vaccine. 602 have completed a primary course* and 3662 have received a first dose only.

*a primary course is two doses or a single dose if previously vaccinated against smallpox in early years

Sexual health clinics continue to administer vaccinations to high risk individuals.

Workforce education resources

Access TURAS for resources on vaccination against mpox 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 mpox.

Further vaccination information

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

Last updated: 10 January 2023
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