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MPox is a rare viral infection and the risk of catching it remains low. Anyone can get MPox. However, currently most of the cases across Europe and the UK have been in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

  • High temperature
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen glands
  • Shivering (chills)
  • Exhaustion
  • Joint pain
  • A blistering rash that usually starts 1 to 5 days after other symptoms

You can get MPox through close personal contact with someone who has the infection, such as during sex.

If you’re infected with MPox, symptoms usually start 5 to 21 days later. The symptoms often get better by themselves over 2 to 4 weeks.

Download our patient leaflet for more information.