England Detects 71 New Cases of Monkeypox

The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) detected 71 new cases of monkeypox in England, bringing the total to 172.

In addition to the latest cases in England, the four confirmed cases in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland, and one in Wales bring the UK-wide total to 179.

The new cases come after the UKHSA issued a joint guidance on May 30 to prevent further transmission of the disease.

According to the guidance, those with the virus should avoid contact with others until their lesions have healed and any scabs have dried.

Infected cases should also avoid contact with pets for three weeks.

Those who have had contact with an infected individual could be told to self-isolate for 21 days after a risk assessment.

People with possible, probable, or confirmed monkeypox infection and need to travel to seek healthcare should cover lesions, wear a face mask, and avoid public transport, according to the guidance.

The guidance also said that cases should not have sex as soon as they notice the first symptoms and to use condoms for eight weeks after infection.

A majority of the cases identified so far are among men who have sex with men.

“This new monkeypox guidance sets out important measures for healthcare professionals and the public for managing the disease including how to safely isolate at home and reduce the risk to others,” UKHSA Senior Medical Advisor and Monkeypox  Strategic Response Director Ruth Milton said.

Milton reiterated that the risk to the UK population remains low.

Despite the recent surge in cases, World Health Organization monkeypox expert Rosamund Lewis said that they were “not concerned of a global pandemic.”

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