179 cases of monkeypox identified so far

AA / London / Karim Al-Barr

The British Health Protection Agency announced on Monday that 71 new cases of monkeypox had been identified in England, bringing the number of cases identified in the United Kingdom to 172.

The majority of cases have been reported in England, but there are currently four cases in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and the other in Wales.

Officials have asked the public to look for new rashes on the body and if a person has been exposed to monkeypox, isolate themselves for 21 days.

Dr Ruth Milton, senior medical advisor for the Health Protection Agency, said: “People are reminded to be on the lookout for any new spots, ulcers or blisters that appear on any part of their body.”

Experts say the risk to the public is low, as most sufferers suffer only mild symptoms and recover within weeks.

Monkeypox is spread through close physical contact, especially during sexual intercourse.

*Translated from English by Morad Belhaji

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