Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7 June 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has devised a scale of likely infection for an outbreak of monkeypox in the UK.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Monkeypox does not spread easily between individuals and the risk to the United Kingdom population remains low. The UK Health Security Agency will detect further cases through active case finding in the National Health Service and heightened vigilance among healthcare professionals. As a precaution, we are monitoring all close contacts of the cases to provide advice and monitor their health.

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