Suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported in a number of locations across the UK. This includes the likes of Maidstone and Bromley.
Since June 8, GPs and other doctors have been required to report any suspected cases of monkeypox they see, and laboratories must also report if the virus is identified in a lab sample. Indeed, monkeypox has been added to the list of notifiable diseases by the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA).
These are infectious diseases, such as measles, scarlet fever and whooping cough, which should be reported to local authorities or local health protection teams. The figures for suspected cases reported locally are well below the number of cases confirmed by the UKHSA – meaning there may be more cases in these areas. Numbers may be lower because confirmed cases were not also reported as suspected cases.
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In the week ending June 12, 12 cases were reported in England. This was on top of three cases the previous week, two cases the previous week and one case the week ending May 22.
Where have suspected cases of monkeypox been reported
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Reigate and Banstead
As of June 14, the UKHSA has confirmed 524 cases of monkeypox across the UK. There have been 504 confirmed cases in England, 13 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and five in Wales.
Anyone can get monkeypox, especially if you have had close contact, including sexual contact, with someone with symptoms. Currently, most cases involve men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men.
People are advised to contact a sexual health clinic if they have a blistering rash and have been in close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or may have monkeypox (even if they has not yet been tested) in the last three years. weeks, or whether they have been in West or Central Africa in the past three weeks.
The UKHSA is working with the NHS and public health agencies in all four countries to investigate the outbreak of monkeypox over the past few weeks. As part of this, it conducted case analysis through June 8, as well as detailed anonymized interviews with patients to try to understand transmission and determine how to target interventions.
Of the cases surveyed, 81% were known to be London residents and 99% were male. The median age of confirmed cases in the UK was 38.
Of the 152 cases that participated in more detailed questionnaires. In this data, 151 of the 152 men surveyed identified themselves as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men, or reported having had same-sex contact. Recent travel abroad, within 21 days of symptom onset, was reported by 75 cases, of which 59 reported travel to Europe.
Dr Meera Chand, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA, said: “We are working, both in the UK and with global partners, to advance the investigations we need to help us better understand the virus, its transmission and best use We are rapidly using new data to inform the public health response and we continue to work to reduce transmission.
“We are grateful to everyone who came forward for testing and to patients who continue to help us understand the outbreak by participating in studies and surveys.”
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