The UK Health Security Agency has detected 2 additional cases of monkeypox, one in London and one in the South East of England. Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, ianforsythphotographer.com backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. We continue to engage with partners across the sector to ensure people are aware of the signs and symptoms and what action to take.
- The UK Health Security Agency has detected 52 additional cases of monkeypox in England, one additional case in Scotland and one in Wales.
- As a precautionary measure, UKHSA experts are working closely with NHS colleagues and will be contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice.
- This means close contacts won’t need to isolate at home if they don’t have symptoms.
- The most recent data suggests that the growth of the outbreak may have slowed.
- In addition, UKHSA has purchased supplies of a safe smallpox vaccine and this is being offered to identified close contacts of someone diagnosed with monkeypox to reduce the risk of symptomatic infection and severe illness.
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UKHSA has quickly identified cases so far and we continue to rapidly investigate the source of these infections and raise awareness among healthcare professionals. UKHSA is working closely with the NHS and other stakeholders to urgently investigate where and how recent confirmed monkeypox cases were acquired, including how they may be linked to each other. The 2 latest cases have no travel links to a country where monkeypox is endemic, so it is possible they acquired the infection through community transmission. A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals. The infection can be passed on through close contact or contact with clothing or linens used by a person who has monkeypox. The latest cases bring the total number confirmed in England since 7 May to 77, as of 24 May.
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To assist with our contact tracing, we encourage everyone to ensure they exchange contact details with sexual partners, to help us limit further transmission where cases occur. NHS England is due to set out details on how eligible people can get vaccinated shortly. Full guidance on semen testing for monkeypox for clinicians has been published.
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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. Please contact the clinic ahead of your visit and avoid close contact with others until you’ve been reviewed by a clinician. Anyone can get monkeypox and we continue to urge anyone with a rash with blisters, or any other monkeypox symptoms, to take a break from events, meeting with friends or having sexual contact.
Clinicians should be alert to any individual presenting with unusual rashes without a clear alternative diagnosis and should contact specialist services for advice. Currently most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, so it’s particularly important to be aware of the symptoms if you’re in these groups. 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 3 weeks. This weekend, let’s enjoy Pride safely – before you go to any events or parties, check yourself for blister-like spots and rashes. Although most cases of monkeypox in the current outbreak are mild, severe illness can occur in some people, so it is important we use the available vaccine to reach groups where transmission is occurring. I am hugely grateful to the fantastic sexual health staff and 111 call handlers for working hard to keep the current outbreak under control.
Because the virus spreads through close contact, we are urging everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service if they have any symptoms. We are reminding people to look out for new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body. We are particularly urging men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service without delay. We are particularly urging men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service without delay if they have concerns. Because the virus spreads through close contact, we are urging everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact NHS 111 or a sexual health service if they have any concerns. Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, should immediately contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service.
Seven additional monkeypox cases identified in England
Vaccination will further strengthen our monkeypox response and so we urge all those who are eligible for the vaccine to take it up when offered. While the infection is mild for many, it can cause severe symptoms and hospitalisation in some. Please remember that the vaccine may not provide complete protection against monkeypox, so it is still important to be alert for the symptoms of monkeypox and call 111 or a sexual health clinic if you develop any.
The latest cases, as of 25 May, bring the total number confirmed in England since 7 May to 85. The latest cases, as of 26 May, bring the total number confirmed in England since 7 May to 101. Tell the person you speak to if you have had close contact with someone who has or might have monkeypox, or if you’ve recently travelled to central or west Africa. The latest cases, as of 29 May, bring the total number confirmed in England since 7 May to 172.