British monkeypox infections hit 190 as another 11 people tested positive

ANOTHER 11 people have tested positive for monkeypox in the UK, bringing the total number of infections to 190.

Medical professionals said the risk to the general population was low – but Britons have been urged to be on the lookout for any new rashes or blisters.

Of the 190 cases, four have been confirmed in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales

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Of the 190 cases, four have been confirmed in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in WalesCredit: AP

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is currently contacting people believed to be high-risk contacts of confirmed cases.

Those who have been screened and remain healthy have been asked to isolate for 21 days to avoid spreading the bug.

Of the 190 cases, four have been confirmed in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales.

dr Ruth Milton, Senior Medical Advisor at UKHSA, said: “The risk to the general public from monkeypox is still low but it is important that we work to limit transmission of the virus.

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“We are reminding people to be alert 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.”

The experts say that while this advice applies to everyone, most infections have been found in gay, bisexual men or men who have sex with men.

Medical professionals have urged this group to be aware of key signs and symptoms.

Headaches are among the first signs of infection, and the illness often feels like a viral infection.

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

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

In light of this, and as cases continue to rise, Britons have been urged to remain vigilant during the anniversary celebrations this weekend.

Millions of people across the country will attend the celebration of the 70th anniversary of our current monarch’s service.

Events such as street festivals, pub meetings and barbecues are to take place.

Health Protection Advisor at UKHSA South West, Dr. Charlotte Bigland, said: “Monkeypox is circulating nationally and internationally so it’s important that people remain vigilant.

You need to know the signs of monkeypox

The first symptoms of monkeypox are:

  • Fever
  • headache
  • Muscle cramp
  • back pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • chills and exhaustion

A rash may develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals.

The rash changes and goes through different stages.

At first it may look like chickenpox before bumps form and fill with pus.

These lesions eventually form a scab that later falls off.

“A notable number of cases have been identified among gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, so we specifically ask these groups to be aware of the symptoms, especially if they have recently had a new sex partner.

“Anyone with an unusual rash or lesion on any part of their body should contact 111 or their local sexual health service for advice.

“If you think you may have monkeypox, please call before personally visiting a medical facility so we can ensure a good clinical experience.”

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 it can also spread to the genitals.

But the government has stockpiled vaccines and everyone who has been in contact with someone with the disease has received a dose.

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