More than 100 people in UK have now caught monkeypox after 16 new cases

More than 100 cases of monkeypox have now been detected in England.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Friday that another 16 infections were confirmed, bringing the total since May 7 to 101.

There have also been three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, taking the UK total to 106.

People with unusual rashes or lesions, particularly if they have had a new sexual partner, have been urged to limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health clinic.

Despite the rise in cases, the UKHSA has said the risk to the overall UK population ‘remains low’.

Men who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men are being urged in particular to be aware of symptoms as the health body said ‘the majority of the cases identified to date’ have been among this group.

Dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA chief medical adviser, said: ‘We are continuing to promptly identify further monkeypox cases in England through our extensive surveillance and contact tracing networks, our vigilant NHS services, and thanks to people coming forward with symptoms.

‘We are asking people to look out for new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body. If anyone suspects they might have these, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner, they should limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service as soon as possible, though please phone ahead before attending in person.’

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