Alert in London due to increase in cases of monkeypox; report at least 20 infected

Monkeypox cases in London are on the riseThe head of public health in the capital warned on Monday, advising contacts of cases at high risk of having contracted the disease to isolate themselves for 21 days.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Public Health for London, also urged people to be on the lookout for “unusual rashes or lesions” and to contact the NHS before going to a hospital, GP surgery or other facility. of health.

New monkeypox figures, due to be released shortly, are expected to show a significant rise in the number of confirmed cases in the UK, which currently reports 20.

Professor Fenton told the Evening Standard: “Monkeypox cases are on the rise in London and I look forward to this continuing in the coming days as awareness of symptoms increases and more cases are identified.”

“The cases we are seeing in both the UK and Europe are predominantly in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, which suggests that transmission takes place within sexual networks, so we We ask the men of these communities to be particularly vigilant.”

He added, “I would like to thank everyone who has come forward so far for symptom help and also the hard-working staff in sexual health services across the city.”

“Monkeypox virus spreads through close contact and we encourage everyone to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions,” he added.

The United States detected its first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts

On May 19, the United States authorities detected the first case of monkeypox in a man living in the state of Massachusetts.

This is an adult man who had recently traveled to Canada, the Massachusetts health department said in a statement.

The Massachusetts health department did initial tests Tuesday for the disease, and the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later confirmed it was monkeypox.

That same day, New York health officials reported a possible case of monkeypox in the city, in a patient being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.

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