UK confirmed 574 cases of monkeypox: most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men

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LONDON, England – The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected 46 additional cases of monkeypox in England, 3 additional cases in Scotland and 1 in Wales. This brings the total number confirmed in the UK to 574, as of 16 June.

“There are currently 550 confirmed cases in England, 16 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 6 in Wales,” UK Health Security Agency said. “Anyone can get monkeypox, particularly if you have had close contact, including sexual contact, with an individual with symptoms. Currently, most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men.”

Contact a sexual health clinic if you have a rash with blisters and you’ve been either:

  • In close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they’ve not been tested yet) in the past three weeks;
  • To West or Central Africa in the past three weeks.

Dr William Welfare, incident director at UKHSA, said:

“As case numbers of monkeypox continue to rise and with many summer events and festivals ahead, we’re reminding people to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox, particularly if you’ve recently had new or multiple sexual partners, to help prevent further spread and protect others.

“If you have a rash with blisters, or any other monkeypox symptoms, don’t go to events, meet with friends or have sexual contact. Instead, stay at home and contact 111 or your local sexual health service for advice. Please contact the clinic ahead of your visit and avoid close contact with others until you’ve been seen by a clinician.

“UKHSA is working closely with partners across the country, including event organisers and venues, to raise public awareness of monkeypox symptoms so everyone has a safe, happy and healthy summer.”

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