Monkeypox cases rise by 71, the biggest rise since the virus was first identified in the UK

The first case of monkeypox was detected in the UK on May 7 and since then cases have risen in the country and around the world as health chiefs warn the public health threat is only “moderate”.

UNDATED ? JUNE 5: This handout graphic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows symptoms of one of the first known cases of monkeypox virus on a patient's hand on June 5, 2003. The CDC said the monkeypox viral disease, thought to be spread by prairie dogs, was first discovered in America, with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. (Photo courtesy CDC/Getty Images)
One of the most common symptoms of monkeypox is lesions or spots on the hands

The number of cases of monkeypox in the UK has risen by 71, it was announced today, bringing the UK total to 179.

After the first case was registered in the UK earlier this month on May 7, the number has since risen and hundreds of cases are now known around the world.

Four of the UK’s confirmed cases are in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland, one in Wales and the rest in England.

The big spike in cases comes as no numbers were reported over the weekend.

Faced with the new cases announced by the UK Health Security Agency, they said: “The risk to the UK population remains low but we are asking people to be alert for new skin rashes, or lesions which would appear as patches, ulcers or blisters, on any part of theirs.” body.

“While this advice applies to everyone, the majority of cases identified to date have involved gay, bisexual men and men who have sex with men, so we specifically ask these individuals to be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sex partner.” .

The UK government is stocking up on vaccines that are effective against monkeypox



“You should call NHS 111 or a sexual health center immediately if you have a blistered rash and either:

“You have been in close contact with someone in the past 3 weeks who has or may have monkeypox (even if they have not been tested).

“You have been to West or Central Africa in the last 3 weeks or you are a man who has sex with men.”

The new cases come amid new guidance from UK health chiefs advising anyone with monkeypox to abstain from sex.

The UK Health Authority today released new guidance advising all Brits with the virus to stop having sex immediately.

They should wait for their lesions to heal and the scabs to dry before eating again.

The guidance comes because the highest risk of transmission of the virus is through direct physical contact, meaning sex could serve as a breeding ground for the spread.

A worker at a Bavarian Nordic laboratory that has developed effective monkeypox vaccines



May so far seen over 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox in Europe.

It comes amid warnings from the World Health Organization that the current number of cases may be just the “tip of the iceberg”.

Earlier this month, Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned of rising cases but claimed the vast majority were mild.

He also said Britain was stocking up on more doses of vaccines effective against the virus.

Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the UK’s top health watcher warned the public to exercise caution when attending the celebrations.

Health bosses also issued a Covid reminder to those who went to parties and used public transport. Monkeypox is not a new virus and has long been found in Central and West Africa.

A microscopic image showing a monkeypox virion


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It has been considered endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo since it first appeared in the 1970s.

So far, no deaths from the virus have been reported.

Sylvie Briand, head of pandemic preparedness and prevention, told the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Friday ahead of the weekend: “We don’t know if we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg [or] when there are many more undetected cases in communities.

“We are still at the very, very beginning of this event. We know we will have more cases in the coming days,” she said.

However, the expert added it was “not a disease that the general public should be concerned about”.

“It’s not Covid or any other disease that’s spreading fast.”

In recent weeks, the virus has been identified in several countries across the UK and West, including the UK, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Canada and the United States.

According to the UK Health Agency, symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and chills.

The UKHSA says: “A rash can develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, including the genitals.

“The rash changes and goes through different stages and can look like chickenpox or syphilis before eventually forming a scab that later falls off.”

dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser, UKHSA, said: “We expected more cases to be discovered through our active case finding with NHS services and increased vigilance among healthcare professionals.

“We expect this increase to continue in the coming days and for more cases to be identified in the broader community.

The virus has been around for decades, but in recent weeks it has spread across Europe and the west


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“In addition, we are receiving reports of additional cases identified in other countries around the world.

“We continue to rapidly investigate the source of these infections and raise awareness among healthcare professionals.

“We are contacting all identified close contacts of the cases to provide health information and advice.”

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