As of Friday, May 27, 101 cases have been confirmed in England, three in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, which has risen from 10 May to 106.
The UK Health Insurance Agency (UKHSA) says the risk to the population is low, but urges people to beware of any new rashes or lesions that appear in the form of spots, sores or blisters on any part of the body.
The UKHSA said a “significant proportion” of the cases identified were gay or bisexual men having sex with men.
Dr. Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor, said: “We continue to be able to quickly identify further cases of monkeys in England thanks to our extensive surveillance and contact tracking networks, our vigilant NHS services and people with symptoms.
“If anyone suspects they may have a rash or injury to any part of the body, especially if they have just had a new sexual partner, they should limit contact with others and contact NHS 111 or your local sexual health service as soon as possible. However, please call in advance before you attend in person. ”
The total number of monkey infections in the UK doubled to 71 on Monday, up from 71 on Tuesday, almost tripling the number provided in the previous update three days earlier.
At present we know very little about the exact location of the patients with the monkey flower.
But initial reports from the UKHSA provided some more specific clues as to the location of current infections.
On May 7, the day health officials first confirmed that an individual had been diagnosed with monkey pox in England, the exact location of the patient was not specified, but it was reported that they were being observed at the Infectious Diseases Examination Unit in Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust London.
Seven days later, the UKHSA uncovered two more cases of the monkey flower in London. The couple lived together in the same family and were said to be unrelated to a previously confirmed case.
One of the cases received help at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, as well as the Infectious Diseases Unit in London. The second case was in self-isolation because it did not require hospital treatment.
On May 16, the UKHSA identified four more cases of the monkey flower – three in London and one related case in the North East of England.
It was at this point that the UKHSA announced that it was launching an investigation to establish links between the latest four cases that appear to have been infected in London. All four of these cases were self-identified as gay, bisexual or other men having sex with men (MSM).
By May 18, another case had been reported in London and one in the south-east of England, bringing the total number of monkey-confirmed cases in England from May 6 to nine.
From May 20, when the daily increase in cases doubles, the UKHSA has stopped publishing the exact location of cases.
The UKSHA also confirmed that it does not contain more specific information on the areas in which the cases were detected.
He also called on anyone with an “unusual rash or injury to any part of the body” to contact NHS 111 or the local sexual health service immediately.
Since a significant proportion of cases detected to date were gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men, these groups in particular are asked to be aware of the symptoms.
Health care groups are also involved in the process of contacting people who are considered high-risk contacts for confirmed cases and advise those who are assessed at risk and stay well at home to be isolated for up to 21 days.
The UKHSA has also purchased a stockpile of safe chickenpox vaccine (called Imvanex, supplied by Bavarian Nordic) and offers to identify close contacts with a person diagnosed with a monkey to reduce the risk of symptomatic infection and serious illness.
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