British monkeypox cases reach 366 with another 43 detected

ANOTHER 43 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK – bringing the total number of infections to 366.

The majority of those affected by the bug are in England, 348 people caught it.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in cases was clearly of concern


WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in cases was clearly of concernPhoto credit: Reuters

There are 12 cases in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and four in Wales.

Medical professionals in the UK yesterday said anyone with the defect should stay away from loved ones.

Experts have urged people to sleep in separate rooms and use separate bathrooms whenever possible.

If this is not possible, cases should avoid physical contact and keep at least three steps or one meter distance from all household members.

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It is particularly important that infected people stay away from pregnant household members, small children and immunocompromised people.

This is because anyone in the above groups could be at serious risk of disease.

Other guidelines state that you should separate laundry from other households and avoid close contact with pets.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) update comes today as the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that over 1,000 cases have been detected worldwide.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in cases was clearly of concern.

At a news conference, he said: “The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries is real.

“More than 1,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox have now been reported to the WHO from 29 countries where the disease is not endemic.

“To date, no deaths have been reported in these countries. Cases have been reported primarily, but not exclusively, in men who have sex with men.

“Some countries are now beginning to report cases of apparent community transmission, including some cases in women.”

Anyone can get monkeypox—especially if you’ve had close contact, including sexual contact, with a person with symptoms.

You need to know the signs of monkeypox

Experts at Britain’s Health Safety Agency have said all Britons should be on the lookout for important signs and symptoms.

Signs can include:

  1. Fever
  2. headache
  3. Muscle cramp
  4. back pain
  5. chills
  6. exhaustion
  7. night sweats
  8. Cold symptoms such as stuffy and runny nose
  9. Swollen lymph nodes
  10. Swollen groin
  11. rash

Medical professionals said complications of the disease were documented as:

  • Bad mood
  • strong pain
  • conjunctivitis

People who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately affected.

You should also be tested to see if you have had close contact, including sexual contact, with anyone who has or may have monkeypox (even if they have not been tested) in the past 3 weeks.

The same applies if you have been to West or Central Africa in the last three weeks.

Doctors have urged people to visit a sexual health clinic if they have a rash or blisters.

Earlier this week, it was announced that doctors are now required to notify local authorities and public health authorities when cases are discovered.

This means that monkeypox is designated as a notifiable disease under the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010.

Other diseases also covered by this legislation are Covid-19, the plague, acute meningitis, measles and smallpox.

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