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Information about Monkeypox / MPX

Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral infection that is usually a mild self-limiting illness not requiring specific treatment with most people recovering within a few weeks.

Initial symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. A rash can develop, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other body parts including the genitals.

The appearance of the rash changes going through different stages

The virus does not spread easily between people however it can spread through close contact during sexual activity. Some recent cases within the UK have been passed this way.

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact NHS 111 however if you notice a rash or lesion within the genital area please contact your local sexual health clinic.

Please contact a service by phone or online and do not walk into a health care setting without an appointment unless it is an emergency.

More information can be found here:

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NHS advice on Monkeypox

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