Several cases of monkeypox have been identified in England over the last fortnight, although to date none have been identified in Liverpool.
Monkeypox is rare in this country. It is a viral infection which mainly occurs in Central and West Africa and is occasionally reported in people who have travelled from these areas. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is working with the NHS and other partners to investigate the links between these cases.
Monkeypox is usually a mild illness, and most people recover within a few weeks without any treatment. It is spread by very close contact with an infected person. It does not spread easily between people and the risk to the UK population remains low.
Recent cases are mainly (but not exclusively) in gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men (MSM), and we are advising these groups to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia
Unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
Chills and exhaustion
Swollen lymph nodes
It usually takes between five and 21 days for the first symptoms to appear.
How can you access help and information?
Anyone with concerns that they could be infected with monkeypox is advised to contact NHS 111 or a sexual health clinic.