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Number of monkeypox cases in UK beginning to plateau, figures suggest

The number of cases of monkeypox in the UK is beginning to fall, according to new figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

The organization said 2,859 cases of the disease have been recorded in the UK, with the majority being transmitted between gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with other men.

The median age of those infected is 37, while 73% of cases in England are residents of London.

A small number of cases have been recorded in women, but 99% of those infected were men.

Be vigilant and check yourself for monkeypox symptoms, including rashes and blistersdr Meera Chand

The NHS announced late last month that it was stepping up its monkeypox vaccination program in London as more stocks of a vaccine became available.

Vaccination experts have recommended that gay and bisexual men at higher risk of monkeypox be offered the smallpox vaccine Imvanex.

dr Meera Chand, director of clinical and emerging infections at the UKHSA, said the public needed to “remain vigilant” despite the early signs of a plateau.

“While the latest data suggests the outbreak’s growth has slowed, we cannot be complacent,” she said.

“Be vigilant and check yourself for monkeypox symptoms, including rashes and blisters.

“If you’re concerned you may have monkeypox symptoms, take a break from events, meeting friends, or engaging in sexual contact. Instead, stay home and call 111 or your local sexual health service for advice.

“The smallpox vaccine is being offered to people who are at higher risk of exposure to monkeypox to give them protection and reduce the spread of the disease.”

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