OVER 1,000 cases of monkeypox have now been detected worldwide and experts have warned the risk of infection is very real.
It comes as Britons have been warned to stay away from loved ones if they catch the virus under new rules.
So far, 321 cases of the disease have been detected in the UK after a further 18 were reported on Wednesday.
Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has said the risk of the bug not becoming endemic in some countries is starting to materialize.
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.”
Medical professionals including the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said anyone can get monkeypox – especially if you’ve had close contact, including sexual contact, with a person with symptoms.
People who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately affected.
dr Tedros added that WHO is particularly concerned about the risk the virus poses to vulnerable groups, including children and pregnant women.
The WHO will issue further guidance on infection control in the coming days.
In Britain, chiefs have already taken action to stem the spread – with medics urging anyone with symptoms to see a sexual health clinic.
As cases of the virus continue to rise, Brits are now required to keep a meter away from those infected.
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.
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:
- Muscle cramp
- back pain
- night sweats
- Cold symptoms such as stuffy and runny nose
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen groin
Medical professionals said complications of the disease were documented as:
- Bad mood
- strong pain
Other guidelines state that you should separate laundry from other households and avoid close contact with pets.
Anyone can get monkeypox—especially if you’ve had close contact, including sexual contact, with a person with symptoms.
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 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.
dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s Chief Medical Advisor, said: “Self-isolation is an important measure to protect others from monkeypox.
“Staying at home and doing everything possible to avoid close contact with other people in the household will prevent the spread of this virus.
“We know self-isolation isn’t easy for some, so it’s important that people ask for support when they need it.”
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