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 Thursday 4 August there have been 67 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox reported since 23 May 2022.

This is an increase of 2 cases 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 recent European travel within 21 days of symptom onset.

Investigations continue but currently no single factor or exposure that links the cases has been identified.

Last updated: 05 August 2022