Monkeypox horror: UK infections more than DOUBLE as cases soar to 56 in latest update

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In its latest update, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it has detected 36 additional cases of the disease in England. It brings the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed in England since May 7 to 56.

 

Dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser, UKHSA, said: “Alongside reports of further cases being identified in other countries globally, we continue to identify additional cases in the UK.

“Thank you to everyone who has come forward for testing already and supported our contact tracing efforts – you are helping us limit the spread of this infection in the UK.”

“Because the virus spreads through close contact, we are urging everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service if they have any symptoms.  

“A notable proportion of recent cases in the UK and Europe have been found in gay and bisexual men so we are particularly encouraging these men to be alert to the symptoms.”

According to the UKHSA, the virus does not usually spread easily between people, but can be passed on through close person to person contact or with items used by a person who has monkeypox. This includes clothes, bedding or utensils. Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting illness, and most people recover within a few weeks.

The UKHSA says that while the current outbreak is “significant and concerning”, the risk to the population in the UK remains low.

It advises that anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, should immediately contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service. 

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