UK logs more than 100 cases of monkeypox

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More than 100 cases of monkeypox have been discovered in the United Kingdom.The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) informed on Friday (May 27) that another 16 infections were confirmed in England, and since May 7, the total number of infections has been raised to 101.

According to the reports, there have been three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, exceeding the total to 106.

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People with unusual rashes or lesions, particularly if they have physical relations with a new sexual partner, must limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or sexual health clinics or consultants.

UKHSA informed despite the rise in cases, the risk to the overall UK population remains low.

Men who are gay or bisexual and men having sex with men are being informed to be aware of symptoms as the health body said the majority of the cases identified to date have been among this group.

UKHSA chief medical adviser, Dr Susan Hopkins, said, “we are continuing to discover further monkeypox cases in the country via our extensive surveillance and contact tracing networks, our vigilant NHS services, and thanks to people coming forward with symptoms.

Further, she recommends people lookout for new spots, ulcers or blisters on their bodies. If anyone suspects they might have these, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner.

UKHSA teams have been tracing contacts of people with a confirmed case and are advising those at highest risk to isolate at home for up to 21 days.

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A smallpox vaccine is being offered to close contacts to reduce their risk of symptoms and severe illness.

 

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