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Monkeypox cases in the UK have risen to seven, with cases detected in the South East, North East and London. So far, the UK Health Security Agency has said “the risk to the UK population remains low”. However, there have been known cases of deaths as the result of monkeypox.
Where has monkeypox been detected in the UK?
So far, seven cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the UK.
The virus has been detected in the South East, North East and London.
Those patients needing medical care are all in specialist infectious disease units at the Royal Free Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne and Guys’ and St Thomas’.
According to the UKHSA: “The individuals have the West African clade of the virus, which is mild compared to the Central African clade.”
The UKHSA added: “Due to the recent increase in cases and uncertainties around where some of these individuals acquired their infection, we are working closely with NHS partners to identify if there may have been more cases in recent weeks, as well as international partners to understand if similar rises have been seen in other countries.”
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals.
The rash changes and goes through different stages and can look like chickenpox or syphilis, before finally forming a scab, which later falls off