ANOTHER 16 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK, new data revealed.
The UK Health Authority has urged Britons to be alert for blisters on any part of their body.
Headaches are among the first symptoms, and the disease often feels like a viral infection.
Today it was announced that scientists working with smallpox-like viruses first warned of a monkeypox epidemic four years ago.
In 2018, Porton Down scientist warns of possible ‘devastating consequences’ of monkeypox.
Then, in February 2022, in a research paper in the journal Neglected Tropical Diseases, scientists said monkeypox was a “resurgent” disease.
It was released just a few months before the current outbreak.
In England, 101 people have the bug, with three cases detected in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
The cases in Scotland are said to have occurred in people with “recent travel history”, according to Public Health Scotland.
Health officials added that close contacts of those affected would be identified and provided with health information, advice and, if necessary, a vaccine.
Monkeypox is a mild disease that gets better with time and in very rare cases can be fatal.
It is most prevalent in parts of west or central Africa, but cases have now been detected worldwide.
Initial symptoms are usually “non-specific” and resemble a viral disease, medical professionals say.
A chickenpox-like rash later spreads to parts of the body.
The rash usually affects the face, hands, and arms, but can also spread to the genital area.
You need to know the signs of monkeypox
The first symptoms of monkeypox are:
- Muscle cramp
- back pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- chills and exhaustion
A rash may develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals.
The rash changes and goes through different stages.
At first it may look like chickenpox before bumps form and fill with pus.
These lesions eventually form a scab that later falls off.
dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser, UKHSA, said: “We continue to promptly identify further monkeypox cases in England through our extensive surveillance and contact tracing networks, our vigilant NHS services and thanks to the people 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.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/health/5435821/uks-total-monkeypox-infections-hits-identified/ The total number of monkeypox infections in the UK reaches 106 as a further 16 cases have been identified