Up to 30 June, there were 1,235 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK. Of these, 34 were in Scotland, 6 were in Northern Ireland, 10 were in Wales, and 1,185 were in England.
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■ UKHSA Latest Guidance — 1-Jul-2022
Wendi Shepherd, monkeypox incident director at UKHSA, says:
“The monkeypox outbreak continues to grow. Our investigations and information from confirmed cases continue to show that the overwhelming majority of cases are in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men.
“This weekend, let’s enjoy Pride safely – before you go to any events or parties, check yourself for blister-like spots and rashes. Please don’t attend if you have monkeypox symptoms or feel unwell.
“If you have a rash or blisters, stay at home, phone a sexual health clinic, and get tested. Please be vigilant for any monkeypox symptoms in the coming weeks – especially if you are having sex with someone new.
“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.”
■ UKHSA Latest Guidance — 28-Jun-2022
Dr Sophia Makki, Incident director at UKHSA said:
“The monkeypox outbreak in the UK continues to grow, with over a thousand cases now confirmed nationwide. We expect cases to continue to rise further in the coming days and weeks.
“If you are attending large events over the summer or having sex with new partners, be alert to any monkeypox symptoms so you can get tested rapidly and help avoid passing the infection on.
“Currently the majority of cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men. However, anyone who has had close contact with an individual with symptoms is also at increased risk.
“If you are concerned that you may have monkeypox, 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.
“We are grateful to all the people who have come forward so far for testing and to assist us with our contact tracing.”
■ UKHSA Latest Guidance — 24-Jun-2022
“The risk to the UK population remains low, but we are asking people to be alert to any new rashes or lesions, which would appear like spots, ulcers or blisters, on any part of their body.
“Although this advice applies to everyone, the majority of the cases identified to date have been among men who are gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, so we are asking these people in particular to be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner.
“You should contact a sexual health clinic immediately if you develop a rash or lesions – though please phone ahead before attending in person.
“UKHSA health protection teams are contacting people considered to be high-risk contacts of confirmed cases and are advising those who have been risk assessed and remain well to isolate at home for up to 21 days.”
■ UKHSA Latest Guidance — 21-Jun-2022
The UKHSA urges those with new or multiple sexual partners to be vigilant as the monkeypox outbreak grows.
Dr Meera Chand, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA said:
“If you’ve recently had new or multiple sexual partners, please be vigilant to the symptoms of monkeypox. Currently, the majority of cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men. However, anyone who has had close contact with an individual with symptoms is also at increased risk.
“If you are concerned that you may have monkeypox, 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 reviewed by a clinician.
“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.
“We are grateful to all those who have come forward for testing and who help us understand the outbreak through participating in studies and investigations.”
A high proportion of England cases were known to be London residents (77%, 692 of 898 with reported home address). For confirmed cases in the UK, where gender information was available, 1,180 (100%) confirmed cases were male, with 5 confirmed female cases. The median age of confirmed cases in the UK was 37 years (interquartile range 31-43).
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📚 Data Sources:
Counts of confirmed cases in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland are submitted to UKHSA by Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, and Public Health Scotland respectively.
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▫ J.N. PAQUET, Author & Journalist, Editor of PMP Magazine.