Monkeypox: Fresh warning issued by UKHSA as England records further 104 cases

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More cases of monkeypox have been recorded, bringing the UK total to 470.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said a further 104 cases have been confirmed in England today.

There are currently 452 confirmed cases in England, 12 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and four in Wales.

Most cases so far have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men.

The UKHSA has issued a fresh warning to anyone with a rash with blisters that they should contact a sexual health clinic if they have also had close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have had monkeypox in the past three weeks.

People are also advised to contact a clinic if they have travelled to west or central Africa in the past three weeks.

Monkeypox has become a notifiable disease in England, meaning all medics must alert local health authorities to suspected cases. Laboratories must also inform UKHSA if the virus is identified in a sample.

The disease spreads through close contact and was first found in monkeys.

It mostly occurs in west and central Africa and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere.

More than 30 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have now reported outbreaks of the viral disease.

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The number of confirmed cases around the world is approaching 1,500, most of them in Europe.

While the UK has recorded the most cases so far, other countries have also seen big rises, including Spain with 259 cases, Portugal with 191 and Germany with 150 cases.

The Venezuelan government said on Sunday it had recorded its first case of monkeypox in a man who entered the country though its principal airport near Caracas after arriving from Madrid.

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