Brighton MP condemns the government for failing to act on monkeypox

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MP LLOYD Russell-Moyle has condemned the government for acting too slowly to tackle a monkeypox outbreak.

Visiting the Dean Street Sexual Health Clinic in London yesterday, the Brighton Kemptown MP said he had been faced with sobering stories from people who have been infected with the virus and urged the Government to do more to help those affected.

He said: “The government has been slow to update symptoms, but from what we’re hearing it appears that ulcer-like sores may appear at the site of infection or elsewhere.

“I’ve heard of cases of men who have had ulcers so bad they burned their esophagus, wounds so bad men couldn’t urinate, and wounds in the eyes that could lead to blindness if left untreated. ”

Although there is a vaccine that can work against the virus, Mr Russell-Moyle has been told the UK only has 20,000 doses.

Mr Russell-Moyle said: “This would not be enough to cover half of the 40,000 patients in Dean Street alone.

“A colleague and friend who witnessed the AIDS crisis in the 1980s said the outbreak reminded her of that time – health officials too scared to state the obvious and a government sleeping at the wheel , while a fringe group is affected.”

He also said that while the government had promised 100,000 vaccines, these would not come until the end of September and would not be enough to help everyone in the most vulnerable groups.

“We have the evidence of where this is spreading, we have a vaccine that works, but we lack the political will to take the action we need,” he said.

As of July 18 there were 2,137 confirmed cases in the UK, with a large proportion of cases found in London.

The UK’s health security agency has said close contacts of people infected with the virus don’t need to isolate at home if they don’t have symptoms, as figures showed only a small number of close contacts develop monkeypox.

While anyone can get monkeypox, most cases in the UK continue to occur in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Health and Welfare Secretary Steve Barclay said: “Monkeypox is a rare and usually mild disease that does not spread easily between people, but we are taking action to continue to manage the outbreak in the UK by sourcing over 100,000 extra doses of vaccine.

“The NHS is already contacting those who are eligible for the vaccine and I would urge people to take up the offer as soon as they are contacted.”

Mr Russell-Moyle urged people in Brighton and Hove who have contracted the virus or are showing symptoms to contact the Brighton and Hove Sexual Health and Contraception Service on 01273 523388.

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