The number of cases of the disease is growing. However, so far, symptoms have been fairly mild in most of those infected. However, the British government takes the situation “very, very seriously”.
Monkeypox infections are steadily increasing in Britain. “We are discovering more cases every day,” UKHSA senior medical adviser Susan Hopkins told the BBC on Sunday. According to her, the rare viral disease is now spreading in Britain without any connection to West or Central Africa, where it originates.
Britain had reported 20 cases as of Friday, and Hopkins has now announced a new balance for Monday with the weekend figures. There are “new” cases every day, she said. Most infected adults have “relatively mild” symptoms. Initially, she did not want to confirm reports that an affected person had to be treated in the intensive care unit.
“Take this very, very seriously”
Monkeypox cases have been reported in several European and North American countries since early May. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash that often starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. Most people recover in several weeks.
According to the current state of the investigation, close physical contact is required for transmission. Hopkins confirmed information from the WHO that so far it has been mainly gay or bisexual men who have been infected. He urged caution.
There is no specific treatment for monkeypox. However, the normal smallpox vaccination is 85 percent preventative. According to Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi, the British government has already started buying stocks of smallpox vaccines. “We take it very, very seriously,” he told the BBC.
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