The first case of monkeypox in a person in Scotland has been confirmed, in a sign of the rising spread of the disease in the UK.
It comes as 20 confirmed cases of the viral infection in the UK have been found.
Dr Nick Phin, director of Public Health Science and medical director at Public Health Scotland, said the “overall risk to the general public is low”.
“We have well established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with such cases of infectious disease and these will be strictly followed,” he said.
“We are working with NHS boards and wider partners in Scotland and the UK to investigate the source of this infection. Close contacts of the case are being identified and provided with health information and advice. This may include the offer of vaccination.”
He added: “Anyone with an unusual blister-like rash or small number of blister-like sores on any part of their body, including their genital area, should avoid close contact with others and seek medical advice if they have any concerns.”