Confirmed cases of the virus in the UK have risen to 366 after a further 45 were identified in the past 24 hours, and health chiefs have issued new “social distancing” guidelines
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Confirmed monkeypox cases in the UK have risen to 366 after a further 45 were identified in 24 hours.
It comes as health chiefs are issuing new isolation guidelines, including social distancing – and urging those infected with the virus to sleep in separate beds and stay at least six feet away from those they live with.
Globally, as of last month, there were 1,356 known cases in countries where monkeypox is not endemic – with Britain well ahead of other countries.
Spain was the second-highest of the 31 nations where the virus has been identified, with 259 confirmed infections.
Portugal, Germany and Canada have all seen more than 100 confirmed cases. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.
Since the beginning of the year, monkeypox has been linked to 66 deaths in central and west Africa, where it is classified as endemic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Today the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced that 43 of the latest UK cases have been in England, while one has been in Scotland and one in Wales.
There are currently 348 confirmed cases in England, 12 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 4 in Wales.
The UKHSA said: “Anyone can get monkeypox, especially if you’ve had close contact, including sexual contact, with a person with symptoms. Currently, most cases have occurred in men who are gay, bisexual, or who have sex with men.”
Scientists say monkeypox is primarily spread between people through direct skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact.
It can also be spread via contaminated items such as bedding and soft furnishings.
Guidance issued yesterday by the UKHSA urges people to eat and sleep in a separate room from the one they live in if possible.
It states: “Where the use of a separate room is not possible, cases should avoid physical contact and keep at least 3 steps (1 meter) distance from all household members.
“It is particularly important that they avoid close contact with young children, pregnant women and those who are immunocompromised as they may be at greater risk of serious illness.”
Those diagnosed with monkeypox and contacts at highest risk should isolate at home. says the instructions.
dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s Chief Medical Advisor, said: “Self-isolation is an important measure to protect others from monkeypox.
“Staying at home and doing everything possible to avoid close contact with other people in the household will prevent the spread of this virus.
“We know self-isolation isn’t easy for some, so it’s important that people ask for support when they need it.”
In its latest update, the WHO said the virus may have been spreading unnoticed for some time.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is currently classified as a “moderate” threat to global health.
The virus is endemic in ten countries in Central and West Africa – that is, it occurs regularly.
Between January 1 and June 1 this year, there were 1,408 suspected cases and 44 confirmed cases – including 66 deaths – in those countries, the WHO said.
These countries are Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana (identified only in animals), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.
Scientists are trying to explain the reason for the worldwide outbreak.
So far, the majority of people found to have the virus have symptoms such as genital and perianal lesions, fever, swollen lymph nodes and pain when swallowing.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-monkeypox-cases-soar-infected-27199077 Cases of monkeypox in the UK are on the rise as new 'social distancing' requires those infected to stay 1m from others