Monkeypox: New strain found in UK as virus mutates – symptoms

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Monkeypox: New strain found in UK as virus mutates – symptoms

What is the current monkeypox situation in the UK?Monkeypox remains a comparatively reduced threat to the UK since the outbreak first began in the spr

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What is the current monkeypox situation in the UK?

Monkeypox remains a comparatively reduced threat to the UK since the outbreak first began in the spring; rates of new cases have fallen in recent weeks, leading some officials to conclude that the outbreak is either in retreat or the first wave has passed.

As of September 5, the UKHSA said: “There were 3,345 confirmed and 139 highly probable monkeypox cases in the UK: 3,484 in total. Of these, 89 were in Scotland, 30 were in Northern Ireland, 45 were in Wales and 3,320 were in England.”

England, and London specifically, remains the epicentre of the monkeypox outbreak and the virus mainly affects men who have sex with other men.

Does this mean monkeypox is a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

No, monkeypox is not an STI. It can be transmitted if someone comes into contact with the skin or material touched by an infected person; the virus can also be spread through large droplets.

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Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk

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