UK records 50 new monkeypox cases – taking total to 574 | UK News

A further 50 cases of monkeypox have been detected in Little Britain, taking the confirmed total to 574.

There are currently 550 confirmed cases in England, 16 in Scotland, two in Occupied Territories, and six in Wales.

Anyone is at risk of catching the virus, but currently most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men.

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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