Toddler ‘in intensive care with monkeypox at London hospital’

World map compilation with monkeypox cases and symptoms

There are 11 new cases of monkeypox in the UK (Image: Metro.co.uk, TNS)

A child was taken to the intensive care unit of a Reportedly in London hospital after being diagnosed with monkeypox.

Sajid Javid confirmed on Friday that a further 11 Britons have tested positive for smallpox, bringing the total to 20 since May 6.

The health secretary said: “Most cases are mild and I can confirm that we have sourced further doses of vaccines effective against monkeypox.”

No further details about the new patients have been released, but a young child is currently being treated, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

According to a resurfaced 2019 alert, the rare viral infection could “fill the ecological niche” left by smallpox.

So far the virus has reached 13 countries around the world (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Scientists from the University of Cambridge, UCL and the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine, as well as experts from the UK Department of Defense and Public Health, backed calls for the development of a “new generation of vaccines and treatments”.

Her paper, published in 2020, warned that fewer than one in three people are now protected against smallpox and, by extension, monkeypox.

Globally, the number of confirmed and suspected cases of the virus has reached 145 in 13 countries, Dr. Muge Cevik from the University of St Andrews on Twitter.

The infectious disease expert stressed that this is “the largest outbreak outside of Africa and more cases will be added”.

Symptoms of one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus are seen on a patient's hand (Image: TNS)

Monkeypox symptoms shown on a patient’s hand (Image: TNS)

The UKHSA confirmed that a significant proportion of cases detected early were in gay and bisexual men.

dr Claire Dewsnap, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, is also concerned about the speed at which the virus is spreading, adding that she a “Significant” increase in infections over the next two to three weeks.

“Our response here is really critical,” she told Sky News. “There will be more diagnoses in the next week. How many is difficult to say.

“What worries me the most is that there are infections all over Europe, so it’s already spreading.

“It is already circulating in the general population. It’s a daunting task to keep track of all these people’s contacts.’

dr Dewsnap added she’s concerned about the impact on other infections as staff are distracted treating monkeypox, despite the “public health budget falling significantly over the past 10 years.”

Cases of monkeypox have also been confirmed in Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, France, Belgium, the United States, Canada and Australia.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to UKHSA for comment.

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