UK Monkeypox Cases Rise to 300

The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) detected 77 more cases of monkeypox in the UK on Monday, bringing the total cases to 302.

The Guardian reported that the UKHSA confirmed 77 more cases of monkeypox in the UK, 73 of which are in England, two each in Scotland and Wales, bringing the total cases to 302 as of June 5. 

The UKHSA said there are 287 confirmed monkeypox cases in England, 10 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland, and three in Wales.

The UKHSA said that at present, ‘most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, although the agency stressed that anyone could catch monkeypox, particularly if they have close contact with a symptomatic person.

Among the symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headache, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash with blisters that can spread to other parts of the body. 

Monkeypox can pose a greater risk to pregnant people, children, and those with weakened immune systems.

The UKHSA said that anyone who has developed such a rash and has either returned from the west or central Africa or been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected monkeypox case in the past three weeks should contact a sexual health clinic.

However, according to The Guardian, experts have stressed that the risk for the general public is low.

“This is not a disease the general public should be worried about. It is not Covid or other diseases that spread fast,” said Dr. Sylvie Briand, the WHO’s epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention chief.

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