FOURTEEN more cases of monkeypox were reported by UK health officials today.
This brings the total in England to 70 since early May, with another case of monkeypox reported in Scotland.
As of May 23, no cases have been identified in Wales or Northern Ireland.
Although more cases have been detected, the risk to the UK population remains low, the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) has said.
dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser, UKHSA, warned people to be aware of “a rash or lesion on any part of their body”.
She said this is especially important when someone has a new sex 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,” she said.
A rash is a key symptom of the monkeypox virus.
At first it looks like chickenpox before developing into pus-filled blisters that eventually crust.
A person is contagious until their scab falls off, and experts warn that the bug can be caught by objects they touch, such as bedding, towels or utensils.
It can also be spread through physical contact, including sexual, although it’s not considered a “sexually transmitted infection” (STI).
UKHSA health protection teams are contacting people deemed to be high-risk contacts of confirmed cases.
They are advised to isolate at home for up to 21 days.
In addition, the UKHSA has purchased supplies of a safe smallpox vaccine called Imvanex, which is being offered to close contacts of people who have been diagnosed with monkeypox.
Although the vaccine is against smallpox – a virus declared eradicated in 1980 – it is 85 percent effective against the similar monkeypox virus.
But most Britons will not have had it, as it was discontinued after smallpox was eradicated.
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