Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that usually causes a high temperature (fever) and a body rash that lasts a few weeks. Anyone can get monkeypox. However, currently most of the cases across the UK have been in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM).
It’s important to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms, how to reduce the risk and what someone can do if they are concerned they have monkeypox. There is also a vaccine available which helps protect against monkeypox, but this is only being offered to those most at risk.
Leaflets about who is being offered the vaccine and the vaccines used to protect against monkeypox are available on the Public Health Scotland website.