Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number
of cases in the UK. That number is rising.
Monkeypox is a viral infection usually
associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild
self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone
with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.
The virus can spread if there is close contact
between people and the risk to the UK population is low. However,
recent cases are predominantly in gay, bisexual and other men who
have sex with men and as the virus spreads through close contact,
we are advising these groups to be alert to any unusual rashes or
lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and
to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.
If you think you have Monkeypox symptoms -
Please contact clinics ahead of your visit and
avoid close contact with others until you have been seen by a
clinician. Your call or discussion will be treated sensitively and
We do not currently provide a walk-in services please telephone
the Sexual Health service to make an appointment:
County Durham Central Booking Line (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) 0191 372
Darlington Memorial Hospital GUM: 01325 743 203
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital