British monkeypox total now at 106, says UKHSA
Sixteen other cases of monkeypox have been identified in England, health officials said.
The UK Health Safety Authority (UKHSA) said the new cases bring the total in England to 101 since May 7 and the UK total to 106.
There have been three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
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 said the risk to the UK population “remains low” as the virus does not spread easily.
Men who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men are particularly 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 Chief Medical Advisor, 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 are asking people to keep an eye out for new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their bodies. 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, but please call beforehand you personally participate.
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