Monkeypox cases pass 1,000 as experts urge caution ahead of Pride

Data from the UKHSA goes back to Sunday, June 26 and means the global number of cases is now in excess of 3,500, with one known death and two cases in children.

Daniel Bausch is the director of the United Kingdom Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) and was recently part of the committee who decided not to make monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern”, or PHEIC.

“Monkeypox is yet another warning shot to the world,” he writes in The Telegraph.

The virus’ rapid spread in recent weeks has highlighted the very real threat posed by emerging new infections, and shone a harsh spotlight on major gaps in the global response to tackling disease.

“But although some parallels can be drawn to the coronavirus, monkeypox is almost certainly not the next Covid-19.”

Cases to increase

Dr Sophia Makki, incident director at UKHSA said on Tuesday that cases are expected to continue increasing.

“The monkeypox outbreak in the UK continues to grow, with over a thousand cases now confirmed nationwide,” she said.

“We expect cases to continue to rise further in the coming days and weeks. If you are attending large events over the summer or having sex with new partners, be alert to any monkeypox symptoms so you can get tested rapidly and help avoid passing the infection on.

“Currently the majority of cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men. However, anyone who has had close contact with an individual with symptoms is also at increased risk.”

She also urged people to not go out to events or see friends if they have symptoms and to contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health clinic if they think they may be infected.

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