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Monkeypox cases in UK surpass 1,000 mark; world total now 3,413

By Shgun S -- June 29, 2022 1:03 pm -- Updated:June 29, 2022 1:06 pm

London (UK), June 29: The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the UK has reached 1,076, according to the latest data released Tuesday by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

As per UKHSA, there were 1,076 laboratory-confirmed cases in Britain till June 26, 2022, of which 27 were in Scotland, five in Northern Ireland, nine in Wales and 1,035 in England.

There have been 1,310 new cases reported since the last WHO update on June 17 from eight new countries. This indicates that nearly a third of all cases in the world that have been recorded since the current outbreak began have been found in Britain.

The WHO recorded 3,413 laboratory-confirmed cases and one death as of June 22 from 50 countries and territories spanning five WHO regions, according to its most recent update, which was released on Monday.

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WHO stated that the majority of laboratory-confirmed cases, 2,933 of the 3,413 cases, are in the WHO's European region and account for about 86 percent of the total.

"The monkeypox outbreak in the UK continues to grow, with over a thousand cases now confirmed nationwide," said, UKHSA incident director Sophia Makki, adding "We expect cases to continue to rise further in the coming days and weeks."

To prevent spreading the infection, Makki further recommended those attending summer festivals or engaging in sexual activity with new partners to be alert of any monkeypox symptoms and be tested right away.

Although men who are homosexual, bisexual, or who have sex with men currently make up the bulk of cases in Britain. The UKHSA stated that anyone who has had intimate contact with a person who has symptoms is also at increased risk.

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-PTC News

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