More than 100 cases of monkeypox have now been identified across the UK.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Friday a further 16 infections had been confirmed in England, bringing the total there to 101 since May 7.
There were also three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, bringing the UK total to 106.
People with unusual rashes or lesions, particularly if they have had a new sexual partner, have been urged to limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health clinic.
Despite the rise in cases, the UKHSA has said the risk to the UK population as a whole “remains low”.
Men who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men are especially urged to be aware of the symptoms, as the health agency said “the majority of cases identified so far” belonged to this group.
dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s senior medical adviser, said: “We continue to promptly identify further cases of monkeypox in England through our extensive surveillance and contact tracing networks, our vigilant NHS services and thanks to those who come forward with symptoms.
“We ask people to be on the lookout 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. ‘
UKHSA teams have been tracing contacts of people with a confirmed case and are advising those most at risk to isolate at home for up to 21 days.
Close contacts are offered a smallpox vaccine to reduce the risk of symptoms and serious illness.
The health agency is also advising infected people to avoid contact with their pets for 21 days, especially rodents like gerbils and hamsters, which are susceptible to the disease.
UKHSA guidance recommends that pet rodents should be removed from a monkeypox patient’s household and tested for the virus for this period due to concerns about animal-to-animal or rodent-to-human transmission.
The first cases of the virus were recorded in Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday, while Scotland confirmed two more cases.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 200 cases have been reported in over 20 countries not normally known to have outbreaks of the virus.
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