Monkeypox cases rise 25% as UKHSA warns outbreak is ‘significant and of concern’
Cases of monkeypox have continued to rise, with infections being recorded in Scotland and England – so far a total of 71 cases have been reported across the UK
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The monkeypox outbreak has been called “significant and worrying” as cases in the UK have risen by 24.6% since May 7.
A further 14 additional cases have been confirmed in England and Scotland, bringing the total number of cases to 71 since May 7.
The UK Health Security Agency, which is at the forefront of protecting the UK public from infectious diseases and other health threats, has described the outbreak as “significant and worrying”.
The panel said the risk to the general population at this stage remains low.
It was reported yesterday that a child was said to be in intensive care with the virus.
It does not usually spread easily between people, but can be transmitted through close personal contact or contact with items used by a person with monkeypox, such as clothing, bedding, or utensils.
One expert said superspreader events are likely behind the surge in global cases, with 14 different countries having identified cases, according to Harvard University.
The disease has spread across the UK, with a first case recorded in Scotland on May 23.
Monkeypox causes fever, headache, and a blistering rash on the face, hands, and feet. It is spread through close contact.
The virus is usually mild but can be more severe in children and vulnerable people.
Anyone with an unusual rash or lesion on any part of the body, particularly the genitals, is urged to contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service immediately.
A notable number of cases have involved gay and bisexual men, so the UKHSA has warned this community to pay particular attention to the symptoms.
dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser, UKHSA, said: “We continue to promptly identify further cases of monkeypox in England through our extensive surveillance and contact tracing networks, our vigilant NHS services and thanks to those who come forward with symptoms.
“If anyone suspects they may have a rash or lesions on any part of their body, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner, they should limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service as soon as possible turn. However, please call ahead before attending in person.
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