The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off. There is no link to travel to a country where monkeypox is endemic, and exactly where and how they acquired their infections remains under urgent investigation, including whether they have further links to each other. Investigations are underway to establish links between the latest 4 cases, who all appear to have been infected in London. All 4 of these cases self-identify as gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men .
- It is usually a mild self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks.
- Members of the Unite union at the Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk – the UK’s biggest container port – are set to walk out for eight days from August 21.
- We are contacting any identified close contacts of the cases to provide health information and advice.