London (The Times Groupe)- The United Kingdom recorded 77 new cases of Monkeypox on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 302. UKHSA
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported 73 cases of Monkeypox in England, two in Scotland, and two in Wales.
“As of 5 June, 302 people have been confirmed in the UK. The UKHSA reported 287 confirmed cases in England, 10 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland, and 3 in Wales.
Monkeypox can affect anyone, particularly if they have had close contact, including sexual contact with an individual who has symptoms. People who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men are disproportionately affected, the agency added.
Individuals who have been in contact with those affected and have symptoms of the virus, including a rash with blisters, are advised to contact a sexual health clinic.
Monkeypox remains a low-risk disease for most people since it is spread through close physical contact and does not spread easily, but the UKHSA has urged people to remain cautious.
“”Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread very easily, but it can be spread by close physical contact, such as kissing, skin-to-skin contact, sex and sharing bedding and towels,” said Professor Kevin Fenton, public health regional director of the UKHSA.
According to the data released by the agency last week, over half of the cases found in England were in men who identified as homosexual or bisexual. Among the 190 cases recorded from 6-31 May, 111 were reported by males who identified as homosexual or bisexual.
According to the World Health Organization, Monkeypox has been identified in 27 countries. Most of the cases have been reported in North America and Europe, but there are reports of a few cases in Central and South America, North Africa, and the Middle East as well.