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How many cases of monkeypox are there in the UK?

CASES of monkeypox continue to rise in the UK, with infections being detected ‘every day’, experts say.

The UK’s health security agency has since updated guidance on self-isolation as authorities try to tackle the “unprecedented” outbreak.

Guidance has been issued in response to an increase in monkeypox cases in the UK

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Guidance has been issued in response to an increase in monkeypox cases in the UK

How many cases of monkeypox are there in the UK?

The UK has confirmed 20 cases so far – with more expected to be announced later today (Monday 23 May 2022).

More than 80 cases have also been identified in Europe, the US, Canada, Israel and Australia.

The disease, first identified in monkeys, can be transmitted from person to person through close physical contact — including sex.

The UK Health Safety Agency said a significant proportion of recent cases in the UK and Europe have been found in gay and bisexual men.

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Currently, health chiefs are urging gay and bisexual men to look out for any unusual rashes or lesions.

Anyone with unusual skin lesions should seek help quickly, doctors advise.

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is usually a mild infection with symptoms such as fever, headache, and a characteristic bumpy rash.

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

People infected with monkeypox usually show symptoms five to 21 days after initial infection

The NHS says the first symptoms are:

  • A high temperature
  • headache
  • Muscle cramp
  • back pain
  • swollen glands
  • tremors (chills)
  • exhaustion

They added that a rash usually appears one to five days after symptoms appear.

If you’re infected, the NHS says you usually need to stay in a specialist hospital so the infection doesn’t spread and your symptoms can be treated.

However, the infection usually heals on its own and lasts between 14 and 21 days.

Where does monkey pox come from?

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection most common in remote parts of central and west Africa.

But outbreaks in Britain, Portugal, Spain and the United States have sparked alarms among public health experts.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), The name monkeypox comes from the first discovery of the virus in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958.

The first human case was identified in a child in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970.

Is monkeypox deadly?

The WHO says the monkeypox virus is similar to human smallpox, and while much milder, it can be deadly.

However, they emphasize that “there have been no deaths related to this outbreak.”

Is there a vaccine against monkeypox?

In the UK, authorities are offering a smallpox vaccine to healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed.

As of last week, there were said to have been around 5,000 smallpox vaccination attempts in the UK – which are also around 85 per cent effective at preventing the new bug.

And while experts said the overall risk remains low, Sajid Javid has ordered the UKHSA to take a belt and braces approach and secure a further 20,000 cans.

It came as another UK Government minister said monkeypox was not a “rerun” of Covid-19 given the availability of vaccines.

Last week a Whitehall source said: “Sajid ordered the procurement of the relevant vaccine months ago as a precautionary measure but we are making sure we stay ahead of the curve by taking decisive action to secure even more vaccine.

“We are not overly concerned at this point but we will be monitoring the situation very closely. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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