Community transmission of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, April to May 2022

UKHSA Monkeypox Incident Management team, Roberto Vivancos*, Charlotte Anderson, Paula Blomquist, Sooria Balasegaram, Anita Bell, Louise Bishop, Colin S. Brown, Yimmy Chow, Obaghe Edeghere, Isaac Florence, Sarah Logan, Petra Manley, William Crowe, Andrew McAuley, Ananda Giri Shankar, Borja Mora-Peris, Karthik Paranthaman, Mateo Prochazka, Cian RyanDavid Simons, Richard Vipond, Chloe Byers, Nicholas A. Watkins, Will Welfare, Elizabeth Whittaker, Claire Dewsnap, Allegra Wilson, Yvonne Young, Meera Chand, Steven Riley, Susan Hopkins

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Between 7 and 25 May, 86 monkeypox cases were confirmed in the United Kingdom (UK). Only one case is known to have travelled to a monkeypox virus (MPXV) endemic country. Seventy-nine cases with information were male and 66 reported being gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. This is the first reported sustained MPXV transmission in the UK, with human-to-human transmission through close contacts, including in sexual networks. Improving case ascertainment and onward-transmission preventive measures are ongoing.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is a government
organisation. Roberto Vivancos and Richard Vipond are affiliated to the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections. Roberto Vivancos is affiliated to the NIHR HPRU in Gastrointestinal Infections. Colin Brown, Susan Hopkins is affiliated to the NIHR HPRU in HCAI and AMR. Roberto Vivancos, Richard Vipond, Colin Brown and
Susan Hopkins are based at UKHSA. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, the Department of Health and Social Care or UKHSA.

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Citation: Vivancos Roberto, Anderson Charlotte, Blomquist Paula, Balasegaram Sooria, Bell Anita, Bishop Louise, Brown Colin S, Chow Yimmy, Edeghere Obaghe, Florence Isaac, Logan Sarah, Manley Petra, Crowe William, McAuley Andrew, Shankar Ananda Giri, Mora-Peris Borja, Paranthaman Karthik, Prochazka Mateo, Ryan Cian, Simons David, Vipond Richard, Byers Chloe, Watkins Nicholas A., UKHSA Monkeypox Incident Management team, Welfare Will, Whittaker Elizabeth, Dewsnap Claire, Wilson Allegra, Young Yvonne, Chand Meera, Riley Steven, Hopkins Susan. Community transmission of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, April to May 2022. Euro Surveill. 2022;27(22):pii=2200422.



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