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Glasgow Live
Dayna McAlpine

Key monkeypox symptoms to look for as first case in Scotland confirmed

Doctors have today (Monday 23 May) confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Scotland.

Public health officials said the person who has the virus is receiving care and treatment appropriate to their condition and contact tracing is taking place - however, officials have not said where the person is being treated.

As of Friday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) had identified 20 cases in England but are expecting more.

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Health experts have urged people to be aware of two early signs of monkeypox infection - these include unusual rashes or lesions on any part of the body, especially their genitalia.

Monkeypox has not previously been described as a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be passed on through direct contact during sex.

The infection can also be passed on through other close contact with a person who has monkeypox or contact with clothing or linens used by a person who has it.

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

The disease, which was first found in monkeys, can be transmitted from person to person through close physical contact (PA)

A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals.

The rash changes and goes through different stages, and can look like chickenpox or syphilis, before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection, though it can be passed on by direct contact during sex.

It can also be passed on through other close contacts with an infected person or contact with clothing or linens used by an infected person.

Dr Phin added: “The overall risk to the general public is low.

“Anyone with an unusual blister-like rash or small number of blister-like sores on any part of their body, including their genital area, should avoid close contact with others and seek medical advice if they have any concerns.”

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