Human-to-Human Transmission of Monkeypox Virus, United Kingdom, October 2018

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Apr;26(4):782-785. doi: 10.3201/eid2604.191164. Epub 2020 Apr 17.


In September 2018, monkeypox virus was transmitted from a patient to a healthcare worker in the United Kingdom. Transmission was probably through contact with contaminated bedding. Infection control precautions for contacts (vaccination, daily monitoring, staying home from work) were implemented. Of 134 potential contacts, 4 became ill; all patients survived.

Keywords: Monkeypox; United Kingdom; human; monkeypox virus; nosocomial; orthopoxvirus; transmission; viruses; zoonoses.

MeSH terms

  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Monkeypox virus* / genetics
  • Monkeypox* / epidemiology
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Vaccination