More monkeypox cases confirmed in the South East

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Two more monkeypox cases have been identified in the South East
Two more monkeypox cases have been identified in the South East

TWO more monkeypox cases have been identified in the South East.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the new cases bring the region’s total to three since May 7.

There are now believed to be 79 cases of monkeypox in the UK, with a further update expected later today.

The UKHSA and Brighton and Hove City Council said figures are not being broken down beyond regional areas at the moment.

A council spokesman said: “The UK Health Security Agency is investigating a number of cases of monkeypox in England.

“Further information and updates from UKHSA are being published at www.gov.uk/government/news/monkeypox-cases-confirmed-in-england-latest-updates.

“UKHSA is advising anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body to call NHS 111 or call a sexual health service immediately.”

Cases of the virus have also been confirmed in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dr Giri Shankar, director of health protection for Public Health Wales, said: “We are working with the UK Health Security Agency, Public Health Scotland and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland and we are ready to respond to cases of monkeypox in Wales.

“The case is being managed appropriately. To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.

“Everyone is being asked to be aware of the monkeypox symptoms, but it is important that gay and bisexual men are alert as it’s believed to be spreading in sexual networks.

“Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body should contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health service if they have concerns.”

Despite the rise in cases, the UKHSA said the risk to the overall UK population “remains low”.

Gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men are being urged in particular to be aware of symptoms, especially if they have recently had a new sexual partner.

UKHSA teams have been tracing contacts of those with a confirmed case and are advising those at highest risk to isolate for 21 days.

A smallpox vaccine is also being offered to close contacts to reduce their risk of symptoms and severe illness.

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