Monkeypox cases in every region as London records 70% of England’s infections

On Wednesday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a further six cases of the virus, which appears to be spreading from person to person

London has so far recorded the lion's share of cases of monkeypox
London has so far recorded the lion’s share of cases of monkeypox

London is the epicenter of the UK’s monkeypox outbreak, with nearly 70 per cent of cases reported so far in the capital, health chiefs have revealed.

Yesterday the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a further six cases of the virus, which appears to be spreading from person to person.

So far there have been 188 cases of monkeypox in England, including 132 in London.

There are also five confirmed cases in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales, bringing the UK total to 196.

The UKHSA said 111 cases were known to be in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (GBMSM). Only two cases are in women.

Health chiefs are investigating why the virus is spreading at its current rate

It said: “The current outbreak is the first time the virus has been transmitted from person to person in England, where no travel links to an endemic country have been identified.”

Recent trips abroad to a number of European countries over the past three weeks have seen 34 confirmed cases reported – around 18 per cent of those affected so far.

So far, the UKHSA has identified links to gay bars, saunas and the use of dating apps in the UK and abroad.

“Investigations are ongoing, but no single factor or exposure linking the cases has been identified at this time,” the agency said.

No single factor has been identified to explain exposure to the virus



Kevin Fenton, London’s regional director of public health, said: “As with any new disease outbreak, the risk of stigma and uncertainty is high.”

The UKHSA works with groups such as the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV and dating app Grindr to communicate with sexual health services and the GBMSM community.

It also encourages the LGBT consortium and organizers of Pride events to help with messages in the coming weeks.

Monkeypox typically causes flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions that usually go away on their own within weeks but can kill a small proportion of those infected.

UK health officials are offering Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine, Imvanex, to contacts of confirmed or suspected cases.

Cases of monkeypox continue to rise outside of Africa, mostly in Europe, and scientists are trying to figure out why it’s spreading.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said it had received reports of more than 550 confirmed cases of the viral disease from 30 countries outside of Africa.

According to an update on Tuesday, these are the number of cases that have been confirmed in each region:

  • East England – 5th
  • East Midlands – under 5
  • London 132
  • Northeast – under 5
  • Northwest – under 5
  • Southeast – 10
  • Southwest – under 5
  • West Midlands – under 5
  • Yorkshire and Humber – under 5
  • Region unknown – 27

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