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Monkeypox can be passed on by close contact with someone who has it, or by touching items such as clothing, bedding or towels.

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 without treatment, but it’s important to isolate if you have it to avoid passing it on to other people.

You can reduce your risk of getting and passing on monkeypox by avoiding close contact with people who have monkeypox and isolating if you have it.

Monkeypox is a rare infection most often found in west or central Africa. Cases have recently increased in the UK, but the risk of catching it is low.

Page last reviewed: 20/10/2022
Next review due: 25/04/2025