Cases of monkeypox rose again in the UK as British officials urged to stay at home if they thought they had the disease.
There are now 1,076 infections across the country, a 32 percent increase from the numbers I mentioned on Friday.
In the United States, 244 cases have been reported, with most cases in California, with 62 cases detected in the state.
New York follows with 37, and Florida and Illinois with 27.
Dr Sophia Makki, Incident Manager for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said the UK outbreak continues to grow.
“We expect cases to continue to rise in the coming days and weeks.
“If you attend big events during the summer or have sex with new partners, watch out for any symptoms of monkeypox so you can get tested quickly and help avoid transmission.
“Currently, the majority of cases have been of gay, bisexual, or gay men.
“However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has symptoms is also at increased risk.”
Dr. Makki said that if you are worried that you may contract the disease, you should not go to events, meet friends or have sexual contact.
She added, “Instead, stay home and call 111 or your local sexual health service for advice.
“We are grateful to all the people who have applied so far for testing and for helping us trace contacts.”
The population of eastern England is 29, with 13 each in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber.
However, medics stated that 202 cases are still under investigation.
Where information on sex is available, 1033 cases were among males, with five cases confirmed in females.
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:
- muscle pain
- Back pain
- night sweats
- Cold-like symptoms, such as congestion and a runny nose
- swollen lymph nodes
- thigh swelling
Medics said complications from the disease have been documented as follows:
- Bad mood
- Sharp pain
The average age for those most affected is 36.
Medics reported that the majority of cases are not in those who have documented travel to endemic countries – such as West Africa.
In recent years, there were only seven cases of monkeypox, between 2018 and 2021 in the UK.
Of these, four were imported, with two cases who were in domestic contact and one case who was a health care worker who had contact with an imported case.
In previous cases there was no evidence of community transmission.
The disease was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of smallpox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research – hence the name monkeypox.
At the moment, England is considered to be in a level 2 outbreak which means “transmission within a defined subpopulation with a large number of close contacts”.
However, the country is being monitored for signs of a level 3 outbreak, which means ‘transition between multiple subpopulations or a larger subpopulation’.
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