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

Euro Surveill. 2022 Jun;27(22):2200422. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2022.27.22.2200422.


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.

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

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Monkeypox virus / genetics
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / diagnosis
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / epidemiology
  • Mpox (monkeypox)* / transmission
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities*
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology