Urgent health warning to all Brits ahead of anniversary weekend as monkeypox cases rise

BRITS attending the anniversary weekend celebrations have been warned to be vigilant as cases of monkeypox continue to rise.

There are currently 106 confirmed cases of the disease in the UK after 16 more infections were revealed on Friday.

So far, 106 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK


So far, 106 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UKPhoto credit: Reuters

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.

Millions of people across the country will attend the celebration of the 70th anniversary of our current monarch’s service.

Events such as street festivals, pub meetings and barbecues are to take place.

The total number of monkeypox infections in the UK reaches 106 as a further 16 cases have been identified
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But as more people gather, medics have warned of the possible spread of monkeypox cases.

Health Protection Advisor at UKHSA South West, Dr. Charlotte Bigland, said: “Monkeypox is circulating nationally and internationally so it’s important that people remain vigilant.

“A notable number of cases have been identified among gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, so we specifically ask these groups to be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sex partner.

“Anyone with an unusual rash or lesion on any part of their body should call 111 or their local sexual health service for advice.

You need to know the signs of monkeypox

The first symptoms of monkeypox are:

  • Fever
  • headache
  • 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.

“If you think you may have monkeypox, please call before personally visiting a medical facility so we can ensure a good clinical experience.”

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 it can also spread to the genitals.

But the government has stockpiled vaccines and everyone who has been in contact with someone with the disease has received a dose.

dr Bigland also urged Britons to beware of the spread of the coronavirus – especially as people will be using public transport heavily over the weekend.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that one in 60 people in the UK currently have the bug.

But experts have repeatedly said that vaccines and the “milder” nature of the Omicron variant have benefited the British.

There are no longer any restrictions in the UK, but Dr. Bigland advised that people who mix indoors or use public transport should wear face masks.

She added: “Washing your hands frequently and making sure you cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze can help prevent the spread of Covid-19, as well as many other common infections.

“The best protection against COVID-19 is full vaccination.”

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