United Kingdom: 7 cases of monkey pox detected… Should we be worried?

British scientists are warning people of a sudden increase in monkeypox cases.

For several days, cases of monkey pox declared themselves to UKworrying more and more the population.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), announced that there would now be at least 7 infected individuals. The first case, identified at the beginning of May, would have contracted the disease during a trip to Nigeria.

However, it would seem that the other patients were infected at London.

But what is monkey pox?

Monkeypox is a viral disease particularly present in areas of tropical forest humid, especially in central and western Africa.

As indicated by the WHO, it is mainly transmitted to men by wild animals such as rodents and primates. But monkeypox is also transmissible between humans.

What are the symptoms ?

Symptoms of this monkeypox are characterized by generalized flu condition : fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and severe fatigue.

Furthermore, Rashes can also provide. In general, they would appear first on the face, before developing on the rest of the body.

Is it a dangerous disease?

For the time being, no death was identified in the 7 confirmed cases in the United Kingdom. However, most needed to be hospitalized in units specialized in infectious diseases, in order to obtain more advanced care.

This monkeypox could turn out to be more easily transmitted what the scientists thought. Proof of this is that the 4 new cases identified in recent days would not have no link apparent with the 3 previous cases.

In general, the symptoms would disappear in 14 to 21 days.

“Homosexuals or bisexuals must be attentive”

As reported by The Guardian, the 4 most recent cases were all gay or bisexual.

The UK Health Security Agency is therefore asking these communities to be attentive to any symptoms.

If anyone has any concerns they should contact their local sexual health service.

Here’s a statement from Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Susan Hopkins with more: pic.twitter.com/jL29EtcrWV

— UK Health Security Agency (@UKHSA) May 16, 2022

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