Advice for Monkey pox

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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, please do NOT come into the practice. Call NHS 111.

Monkey pox is a rare illness caused by the monkey pox virus. It is associated with travel to central and west Africa but cases are occurring in England with no travel links.


The symptoms of monkey pox begin 5-21 days (average 6-16 days) after exposure with initial clinical presentation of

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Headache
  • Rash

The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab which later falls off. The rash may be maculopapular initially, typically starting on the face before spreading peripherally, particularly to the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please do not come into the practice. If you feel you need to speak to a GP please call on 02073716060.