Monkeypox cases in UK rise to 78

The United Kingdom confirmed seven new cases of monkeypox on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 78.

The last seven cases of monkeypox have been identified in England, where the majority of UK cases originate, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency said.

So far, Scotland has also confirmed a case of the rare disease.

“Although more cases have been detected, the risk to the British population remains low,” the agency said.

Monkeypox is a rare disease found primarily in West and Central Africa. The disease itself occurs primarily in animals, with rare animal-to-human transmission.

Human-to-human transmission occurs primarily through large respiratory droplets — including prolonged direct contact or contact with bodily fluids or wounds.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued an alert for men who identify as gay or bisexual, saying that while anyone can get the disease, cases are spreading within that community.

The US reported its recent case of monkeypox from a resident of Sacramento County, California.
The UK has reported seven new cases of monkeypox.
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A clock face on the Elizabeth Tower, also known as Big Ben, as restoration work continues on the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, Tuesday January 18, 2022.
There are now 78 reported cases of monkeypox.
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Patients with monkeypox have symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and a developing rash.
Patients with monkeypox have symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and a developing rash.
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A health officer checks passengers for monkeypox at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia.
A health officer checks passengers for monkeypox at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia.
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Massachusetts on May 17 reported the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States in a man who recently returned from Canada.

There are also suspected cases being investigated in New York, Florida, California and Utah, officials said.

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