Monkeypox cases in Greater Manchester rise as disease found in three boroughs

Suspected cases of monkeypox have risen in Greater Manchester. Six potential cases have now been found in three counties in recent weeks.

Three suspected cases of monkeypox have been identified in Salford and two others in the borough of Manchester. A case of monkeypox was found in Wigan in the week ending June 12.

Greater Manchester’s climbing falls come amid a national surge, with more than 900 cases reported across the UK. There are 873 in England, including 590 in London, the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed on June 23.

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As of June 23, the UKHSA had confirmed 910 cases of monkeypox across the UK. Of these, 26 were in Scotland, 3 in Northern Ireland, 8 in Wales and 873 in England.

There were 31 cases in total in the North West – an increase of five since the last record was released on June 21. That means a more than six-fold increase in just three weeks in the region.

Monkeypox can be transmitted from person to person through close contact

dr Sophia Makki, Incident Director at UKHSA, said: “We continue to see a steady increase in cases of monkeypox. We remind everyone to be aware of monkeypox symptoms, especially if you have recently had new or multiple sexual partners. to prevent further spread and to protect others.

“If you have a blistered rash or other monkeypox symptoms, do not go to events, meet friends, or have sexual contact. Instead, stay home and call 111 or your local sex health service for advice before your visit to the clinic and avoid close contact with others until you have been checked by a clinician.”

Monkeypox has been criticized by Manchester executives as a “completely inappropriate term”. The comments come as the World Health Organization (WHO) says it is finding a new name for the virus after more than 30 scientists wrote about the “urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing name”.

However, the WHO has determined that monkeypox is not an international public health emergency but should continue to be monitored. In a report following the Global Health Board’s debate on the possible declaration of an emergency, WHO concluded: “The Committee unanimously recognized the emergency nature of the event and that controlling the further spread of the outbreak will require intensive response efforts.

“The committee advised to monitor the event closely after a few weeks and to review it as more information becomes available about the current unknowns to determine if there have been any significant changes that could warrant a review of their recommendation.”

Monkeypox causes a rash and scabs all over the body

The number of suspected cases reported locally is much lower than the number of cases confirmed by the UKHSA – meaning there may be more cases in those areas. The numbers may be lower because confirmed cases have not also been reported as suspected cases.

Anyone can get monkeypox, especially if you’ve had close contact, including sexual contact, with a person with symptoms. Currently, most cases have occurred in men who are gay, bisexual, or who have sex with men.

People are advised to contact a sexual health clinic if they have a blistering rash and have been in close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or may have monkeypox in the past 3 years (even if they still have monkeypox). have not been tested). weeks or if they have been in West or Central Africa in the last three weeks.

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