Monkeypox: contact tracing

Classification of contacts and follow-up advice for non-HCID strains of monkeypox.

Applies to England


Monkeypox contact tracing guidance: classification of contacts and follow-up advice for non-HCID strains of monkeypox

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This guidance provides principles for risk assessment and follow-up of contacts of confirmed monkeypox cases. It is intended to support risk assessment and categorisation of contacts to ensure they are offered appropriate public health and isolation advice.

Additional monkeypox resources are also available from the UK Health Security Agency, including information on case definitions and vaccination.

Information sheets for contacts

To be used by health professionals when providing information to contacts of confirmed monkeypox cases, information sheets are available for:

Easy reads




Published 20 May 2022
Last updated 1823 NovemberJanuary 20222023 + show all updates
  1. Updated contact tracing guidance and category 2 and category 3 contacts (English versions).

  2. Added easy read category 3 contact sheet; updated easy read category 2 contact sheet.

  3. Added easy read version of category 2 contact sheet.

  4. Updated contact tracing matrix.

  5. Updated contact information sheets for categories 2 and 3.

  6. Updated contact tracing guidance.

  7. Added Portuguese and Spanish translations of category 2 and 3 contact sheets.

  8. Updated contact tracing guidance.

  9. Removed links to category 1A and 1B contacts and symptomatic contacts.

  10. Updated contact tracing guidance.

  11. Updated contact tracing guidance.

  12. Added information sheets for contacts.

  13. Updated guidance to clarify recommendations for PEP after 14 days since last exposure.

  14. Updated matrix.

  15. Updated matrix.

  16. Added links to additional monkeypox guidance.

  17. First published.