Number of people with monkeypox in the UK jumps above 300

Another 77 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 302, health officials said.

Experts insist the risk ‘remains low’ to the general population because it does not spread easily.

Today’s dramatic rise will also be down to the Government not releasing updates on monkeypox cases over the long bank holiday weekend.

The virus is transmitted through close physical contact, and can live on surfaces such as bedsheets or towels.

Unusual rashes or an ulceration could be a sign of infection.

Many of the cases so far are linked to ‘large events or parties’, with many more of these planned in the coming months.

People who have multiple sexual partners are particularly at risk.

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

A rash will usually appear between one to five days after infection – generally beginning on the face before spreading.

The rash is sometimes confused with chickenpox.

It starts as raised spots, which turn into small blisters filled with fluid. These blisters eventually form scabs that later fall off.

Between one and 21 days after infection, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • High temperature
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen glands
  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion

All in all, symptoms can last around two to four weeks.

You can read more about monkeypox here.

Dr Ruth Milton, senior medical adviser at UKHSA, said: ‘The risk to the general public from monkeypox is still low, but it’s important that we work to limit the virus being passed on.

‘We remind people that they should be alert to 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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