UK to Announce More Monkeypox Cases, Mandatory Isolations Ordered

Health officials in the United Kingdom (UK) will report new cases of monkeypox on Monday as it intensified efforts to limit the first global outbreak of the virus.

The UK has reported at least 21 confirmed cases of the monkeypox that has already spread in at least 14 countries. 

Dr. Susan Hopkins, a chief medical adviser from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), quoted in a report by BBC’s Sunday Morning program, revealed they are “detecting more cases on a daily basis”. 

Hopkins said they still haven’t traced where the monkeypox infection came from and how it spread to Europe since there’s no connection in UK’s cases to a single event. 

The monkeypox cases in the UK, Hopkins emphasized, had no prior contact with an individual who traveled to or visited West Africa, which the monkeypox disease is endemic. 

UKHSA released an advisory on individuals who may have direct or household contact with a confirmed monkeypox case. 

The monkeypox contact tracing advisory asked contacts to undergo isolation for 21 days and as much as possible avoid contact with people who are immunocompromised, pregnant women, and children under 12. 

UKHSA advised against household contact, sexual contact, and changing an infected person’s bedding without wearing suitable PPE. 

A recommendation for the administration of an MVA-BN vaccine(Imvanex®), ideally within 4 days (up to a maximum of 14 days), was advised for post-exposure prophylaxis for those with low, medium, and high risks.

Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has already reported about 80 confirmed cases and 50 pending investigations. 

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