The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed a case of monkeypox in Cornwall – the first in the county. Specialists from UKHSA South West are providing expert advice and support to partner organisations, including GPs and the wider NHS.
The risk to the population remains low, but everyone should be alert to any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body, particularly colleagues who have direct contact with patients who may be seeking help with symptoms.
Anyone can get monkeypox, although the majority of the cases identified to date have been among men who are gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM), so these groups in particular should be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner.
Signs and symptoms:
- Recent unexpected/unusual spots, ulcers or blisters anywhere on your body
- Muscle aches
- Chills and exhaustion
- Swollen glands
Visit the nhs.uk website for more information about this condition.
Patients should contact a sexual health clinic or phone 111 immediately if they have a rash with blisters and either:
- have been in close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they’ve not been tested yet) in the past 3 weeks
- have been to west or central Africa in the past 3 weeks
Patients who meet these criteria should be assessed and tested in line with UKHSA guidance.