Monkeypox cases continue to rise in Britain as health chiefs confirm the number of new infections

New data revealed that monkeypox cases increased by 20 cases in two days.

The latest update from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there were 793 cases in the UK – this has now risen to 813.

Cases of monkeypox are on the rise again across the UK

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Cases of monkeypox are on the rise again across the UKCredit: Reuters

Londoners make up 79% of cases in England – and 99% of all confirmed cases are known to be male.

There are five confirmed female cases. The average age of confirmed cases in the UK was 37 years.

Investigations continue to show that the outbreak is increasing and that cases remain primarily among gay and bisexual men or men who have sex with men.

The latest case numbers, recorded on Tuesday, have sparked warnings that cases may escalate around the Pride Day celebrations next week.

However, anyone can catch the virus – and Britons are urged to be aware of the symptoms.

Cases have also risen in the United States, where data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates there are now 173.

The regions most affected are New York and California.

In recent weeks, around 2,103 cases have been detected globally, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

A British Airways crew member has contracted monkeypox - causing a flight delay to the UK
Vaccines to be rolled out to more Britons as monkeypox spreads - are you eligible?

It comes after The Sun revealed that a British Airways crew member had contracted the disease, causing a delay in a battle bound for the UK.

Government officials have held talks with authorities in Singapore, Asia, after they asked the host’s crew to self-quarantine along with their infected colleague for 21 days.

British Airways and the Home Office were trying to get permission to charter a plane to bring the rest of the staff home for further testing.

BA16’s return flight to London was delayed by six hours today as the legal dispute unfolded.

Earlier this week, British medics revealed that vaccines to combat the virus are scheduled to be offered on a larger scale to help control the situation.

The smallpox syringe is currently used for people who have been in contact with infected people.

UK health chiefs have said that some gay and bisexual men who are at greater risk of exposure to monkeypox should be given vaccinations.

The new guidance states that eligibility will depend on a number of factors.

The UKHSA says this would be similar to those who qualify for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – but it applies regardless of HIV status.

Doctors and health care professionals may recommend the injection to a person who:

  • Has multiple sexual partners
  • Engage in group sex
  • Attends “sex in the workplace” venues

Anyone can get the disease – more so if you are in contact or have had sexual contact with someone who has symptoms.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at UKHSA, said extensive contact tracing work had helped stop the spread of the virus.

But, she added, doctors still see a significant proportion of cases of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

She added: “By expanding the vaccine offer to people at higher risk, we hope to break chains of transmission and help contain the outbreak.

You should know the signs of monkeypox

Experts at the UK’s Health Security Agency said all Britons should look out for key signs and symptoms.

Signs may include:

  1. Fever
  2. Headache
  3. muscle pain
  4. Back pain
  5. goosebumps
  6. exhaustion
  7. night sweats
  8. Cold-like symptoms, such as congestion and a runny nose
  9. swollen lymph nodes
  10. thigh swelling
  11. hasty

Medics said complications from the disease have been documented as follows:

  • Bad mood
  • Sharp pain
  • conjunctivitis

“Although most cases are mild, severe illness can occur in some people, so it is important that we use the vaccine that is available for target groups where the spread continues.

“The NHS will soon put out details of how this will be communicated – so don’t apply for the vaccine yet.”

In the meantime, she said, everyone should continue to be vigilant for any new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of the body, especially if they have had close contact with a new partner.

Dr Ramsey added: “If you think you have these symptoms, avoid close contact with others and contact NHS 111 or your local sexual health centre, although please call before attending.”

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