Child in intensive care unit with monkeypox, medics warn, cases rising

A total of 20 monkeypox cases have been confirmed so far by the UK Health Security Agency, with a new update due on Monday – a total of 145 cases have been confirmed worldwide

The monkeypox rash
The monkeypox rash

A child with monkeypox is reportedly in intensive care as new cases are discovered every day in the UK.

It has been claimed that the boy is being treated at a London hospital.

The senior medical advisor, Dr. Susan Hopkins said the virus is spread in the UK through community transmission.

She added: “We are discovering more cases every day. I would like to thank everyone who signed up for testing
to sexual health clinics, general practitioners, and emergency rooms.”

A total of 20 infections have been confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency ahead of an update today.

About 145 cases have been identified outside of central and west Africa, where it is most common.

About 145 cases have been confirmed worldwide


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These include Europe, North America and Australia. The virus is usually mild but can be more severe in children and vulnerable people.

Monkeypox causes fever, headache, and a blistering rash on the face, hands, and feet. It is spread through close contact.

dr Hopkins added, “Community transmission is largely concentrated in urban areas and we see it predominantly in people who self-identify as gay or bisexual.”

When asked to confirm reports that someone with monkeypox was in intensive care, she said, “We do not confirm individual reports and individual patients.”

Community-spreading cases of monkeypox are currently occurring in the UK, with the virus usually being transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact



The UK is treating contacts of confirmed cases with a smallpox vaccine, which is effective against the virus.

dr Hopkins said: “There is no direct vaccine against monkeypox.

“We use a type of smallpox vaccine in people who are at high risk of developing symptoms.”

Belgium yesterday became the first country to impose a 21-day monkeypox quarantine after registering three cases linked to a festival in Antwerp.

Smallpox viruses are oval and have double-stranded DNA


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And high-risk contacts of patients in the UK could have to be isolated for three weeks, according to health chiefs.

The current strain has a mortality rate of about 1%.

It usually only spreads among people with symptoms, making it easier to control than the coronavirus.

It came as it emerged that three years ago British scientists had warned of our susceptibility to monkeypox, saying it could fill the void left by smallpox.

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