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Monkeypox is usually caught from a bite or contact with an infected wild animal. It can also be spread through close contact with someone who has it.
You can reduce your risk of catching monkeypox by avoiding contact with wild or stray animals and people who have symptoms of monkeypox.
Symptoms of monkeypox include a high temperature, a headache and chills. After a few days, spots, blisters and scabs appear on the skin.
Monkeypox usually gets better in a few weeks, but you will need to be isolated to avoid spreading the infection to other people.
Monkeypox is a rare infection that’s mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa. The risk of catching it in the UK is low.
Page last reviewed: 24/05/2022
Next review due: 25/04/2025