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Monkeypox is usually caught from a bite or contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected wild animal. It does not spread easily between people.

If you’re travelling in west or central Africa, you can reduce your risk of catching monkeypox by avoiding contact with wild or stray animals.

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 people who have it are usually admitted to a specialist hospital to avoid spreading the infection.

Monkeypox is a rare infection mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa. The risk of catching it in the UK is very low.

Page last reviewed: 18/05/2022
Next review due: 25/04/2025