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Monkeypox cases rise by 36 in the UK, bringing the total to 56 UK News

A further 36 cases of Monkeypox have been detected in the UK, bringing the current total to 56.

There have also been at least 85 confirmed cases of the virus in eight EU countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, May 15-23.

A doctor who chairs a WHO expert group described the unprecedented outbreak as “a random event” that could be explained by sexual behavior in two recent mass events in Europe.

New monkeypox guidelines have also been released for close contacts, including three weeks of self-isolation in light of the outbreak.

What is monkeypox and why is it called that?

Monkeypox is a rare infection that spreads mainly among wild animals in parts of West or Central Africa.

The disease was first discovered in research monkeys in 1958, hence its name.

The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the risk of catching it in the UK is generally very low.

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Symptoms of Monkey Pox

These are the symptoms you need to be aware of that are linked to Monkeypox, according to Public Health England.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • sore muscles
  • Back ache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

Infected people usually begin to show symptoms between five and 21 days after infection.

The UKHSA said early symptoms include “fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion”.

The government added that a rash can develop which often starts on the face and can then spread to other parts of the body.

The rash can change and go through different stages before finally crusting over and falling off.

How serious is Monkeypox and how does it spread?

It is important to note that most patients recover within a few weeks of contracting the disease and do not need treatment.

However, it can cause serious illness in some people.

You can catch monkeypox from an infected animal if you have been bitten or “touch its blood, body fluids, spots, blisters or scabs”, according to the NHS website.

The NHS also says you can catch monkeypox by eating meat from an infected animal that hasn’t been thoroughly cooked.

It is also possible to catch it by touching other infected animal products, including animal skin and fur.

It is rare to get monkeypox from another infected person because it is not easily transmitted from person to person.

That being said, the NHS says it can be spread by the following methods:

  • touching clothes, bedding, or towels used by someone with monkeypox rash
  • touching blisters or scabs of skin from monkeypox
  • coughing or sneezing from someone with monkeypox rash
  • direct contact during sex

For more advice on monkeypox, visit the NHS website.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-23 16:04:00

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