Monkeypox virus

Monkeypox cases more than double in UK, reaches to 20

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According to the British health secretary, monkeypox cases in the United Kingdom more than doubled on Friday.

According to Sajid Javid, the UK Health Service Agency has identified 11 additional instances of monkeypox.

This takes the overall number of instances in the United Kingdom to twenty.

"This morning, I updated G7 health ministers on our current state of knowledge. "Most cases are mild, and I can confirm that we have acquired additional doses of effective vaccines against monkeypox," Javid said.

The disease is commonly associated with travel in parts of Central and West Africa. Thus it is concerning that it has begun to spread through community transmission in the United Kingdom.

Monkeypox resembles smallpox. The UK Health Service Agency stated that the risk to Britain is modest because the virus does not spread quickly; most individuals recover from the minor sickness within a few weeks. It can be prevented with a vaccine at least 85 percent effective against smallpox.

The UK Health Service Agency chief medical adviser, Susan Hopkins, stated, "We anticipate this increase to continue in the coming days and for additional cases to be detected in the general population. In addition, we are receiving reports of more instances found in various nations worldwide."

Recent cases of monkeypox have also been documented in the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Publish : 2022-05-20 21:08:00

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