179 cases of monkeypox identified to date

AA / London / Karim El-Bar

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

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

Authorities have asked the public to watch for new rashes on the body and, if a person has come into contact with another with monkeypox, to self-isolate for 21 days.

Dr Ruth Milton, the health security agency’s senior medical adviser, said: “People are reminded to be on the lookout for any new spots, ulcers or blisters appearing 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 transmitted by close physical contact, especially during sexual intercourse.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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