Monkeypox cases up by a third with 104 new infections – the 11 signs you should know

ANOTHER 104 cases of monkeypox have been identified in the UK – bringing the total number of infections to 470.

That’s a 28 per cent rise from figures reported on Friday – as new cases continue to be discovered.

Cases of the disease rose by 28 percent in the UK over the weekend


Cases of the disease rose by 28 percent in the UK over the weekendPhoto credit: Reuters

Anyone can get the disease, with Britons being urged to see a sexual health clinic if they develop new blisters or a rash.

There are currently 452 confirmed cases in England, 12 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 4 in Wales.

A technical briefing issued by Britain’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on Friday found most cases are in London – 99 per cent of them in men.

The median age of confirmed cases in the UK was 38 years old.

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The UKHSA acknowledged that “traditional contact tracing is currently a challenge”.

Where information on sex was available, 311 of 314 confirmed cases were male, three confirmed female cases.

Monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

However, the data suggests that this is the main way the virus spreads.

Health experts found that “casual sex,” often with new partners, made contact tracing more difficult.

The UKHSA has urged Brits to stay away from loved ones if they catch monkeypox under new rules.

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.

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.

Before remixing after infection, cases must:

  • Check if they haven’t had a high temperature for 72 hours
  • Make sure all lesions are crusted
  • Scabs on arms, face and hands have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed
  • Make sure no new lesions have formed within 48 hours
  • check for lesions in the mouth.

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

The UKHSA’s report also said that this was the first time that the UKHSA had assessed the outbreak using a leveling system.

“England is currently classified at Level 2 and we are closely monitoring for any indication of Level 3,” it said.

Stage 2 is when there is “transmission within a defined subpopulation,” while Stage 3 escalates to multiple or larger populations.

Level 4 represents significant propagation of the error.

The current outbreak is unusual as the virus is typically only found in parts of Africa.

But it has spread around the world in recent weeks, with health experts examining key chains of transmission.

The main symptoms of monkeypox are a flu-like illness with fever, chills, and muscle aches, followed by a chickenpox-like rash.

The rash develops into painful blisters before the scab forms — and a person is contagious until their scabs fall off.

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The UKHSA said people should contact a sexual health clinic if they have a blistered rash and have been in close contact with someone who may have monkeypox in the past three weeks.

dr Meera Chand, Director, Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA, said: “We are working both in the UK and together with global partners to advance the research we need to better understand the virus, its transmission and best use understand mitigations such as vaccines and treatments.

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