Britain detects a further eight cases of monkeypox, bringing the total to 90

ANOTHER eight cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 90.

The risk to the population remains low, but health officials have urged Brits to watch out for rashes and new lesions on any part of the body.

Health chiefs in the UK today sourced a further 20,000 doses of a vaccine


Health chiefs in the UK today sourced a further 20,000 doses of a vaccinePhoto credit: Reuters

In England, 85 people have the infection, with three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.

The cases in Scotland are said to have occurred in people with “recent travel history”, according to Public Health Scotland.

Health officials added that close contacts of those affected would be identified and provided with health information, advice and, if necessary, a vaccine.

Monkeypox is a mild disease that gets better with time and in very rare cases can be fatal.

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It is most prevalent in parts of west or central Africa, but cases have now been detected worldwide.

Initial symptoms are usually “non-specific” and resemble a viral disease, medical professionals say.

A chickenpox-like rash later spreads to parts of the body.

The rash usually affects the face, hands, and arms, but can also spread to the genital area.

To combat the spread, health chiefs announced today that they have sourced 20,000 doses of a safe smallpox vaccine called Imvanex, supplied by Bavarian Nordic, to help stem the infections.

A dose is currently given to anyone who has had contact with an infected person.

Anyone with the bug is required to isolate and Britons have been told to be aware of the key signs of infection.

Medical professionals said the advice applies to everyone, but added that most cases have been found in gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men.

So experts are asking people in these groups to watch out for the signs, especially if they’ve recently had a new sex partner.

dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser, UKHSA, said: “We continue to promptly identify further monkeypox cases in England through our extensive surveillance and contact tracing networks, our vigilant NHS services and thanks to those who come forward with symptoms.

“If anyone suspects they may have a rash or lesions on any part of their body, 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 turn. However, please call ahead before attending in person.

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