A further 16 cases have been confirmed in the UK, but the UKHSA has reassured the public that the risk to the general population “remains low”.
A further 16 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the UK, bringing the total to 106.
Despite the rise in cases, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reassured the public that the risk to the general population “remains low”.
According to the World Health Organization, about 200 cases have been reported worldwide in countries where outbreaks are not normally known.
What has UKHSA said about the outbreak?
Those who have shown symptoms such as an unusual rash or lesion – particularly those who have had a new sex partner – are encouraged to limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health clinic.
dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s senior medical adviser, 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.
“We ask people to be on the lookout for new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body. If anyone suspects they may have these, 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. However, please call ahead before attending in person. ”
Gay or bisexual men and men who have sex with other men are urged to stay alert and be aware of the symptoms.
The UKHSA has said that “the majority of cases identified so far” belong to this population.
People identified as close contacts will be offered a smallpox vaccine to reduce the risk of symptoms and serious illness.
How is monkeypox spread?
The health agency has said that despite more confirmed cases, the risk to the wider British population “remains low”.
This is because the virus does not spread easily.
Monkeypox is transmitted through close personal contact with an infected person. This includes skin contact and kissing.
It can also be transferred to clothing, towels, and bedding that have come in contact with wounds.
The UKHSA has also recommended that those infected with monkeypox avoid contact with rodents while recovering from the virus, as it can also be easily spread from animals.
Those with pet rodents should remove them from their household while the infection persists.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
- a high temperature
- Muscle cramp
- back pain
- swollen glands
These symptoms usually appear between five and 21 days after the initial infection occurs.
A rash or unusual lesions usually appear about one to five days after the first symptoms appear.
Monkeypox rashes are similar to chickenpox sores — a raised bump that turns into a small blister.
The lesions eventually form crusts before later falling off.
Monkeypox symptoms usually go away in about two to four weeks.
https://www.nationalworld.com/health/monkeypox-outbreak-106-cases-confirmed-uk-3712448 106 cases of monkeypox confirmed in UK