The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) revealed that 77 cases of monkeypox had been confirmed across the United Kingdom.
According to the reports, a total of 302 cases have been confirmed as of June 5. There are currently 287 confirmed cases in England, 10 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland, and 3 in Wales.
The UKHSA said men who have sex with men (MSM) are still disproportionately affected by the monkeypox outbreak and suggested citizens contact a sexual health clinic if they find any rashes or blisters on their body, specifically if they had new sexual partners in the last three weeks who visited West or Central Africa.
The monkeypox outbreak is continuously growing in non-endemic countries. Around 27 countries reported cases, the current figure for the virus, and more than 780 cases have been reported in the last three weeks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a disease outbreak bulletin that the sudden and unexpected appearance of monkeypox simultaneously in several non-endemic countries suggests that there might have been undetected transmission for some unknown duration of time followed by recent amplifier events,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a disease outbreak bulletin over the weekend.
Of the 780 cases, 688 were from Europe and 80 from the Americas. Spain (156) and Portugal (138) have the most cases outside of the United Kingdom.
Few hospitalizations and no deaths have been reported. Most cases are not present with classic monkeypox, which usually consists of a fever followed by a rash on the hands and face. Instead, patients present with a genital or anogenital rash.
“Cases were initially and mainly identified amongst men self-identified as part of extended sexual networks,” the WHO said. “Some countries are reporting that new generations of cases are no longer appearing only among known contacts of previously confirmed cases, suggesting that chains of transmission are being missed through the undetected circulation of the virus.”