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Monkeypox virus disease outbreak news: superspreader events blamed for surge as UK awaits fresh tally

The UK government is cautious but not “concerned” about the monkeypox outbreak

A UK minister has insisted monkeypox was not a “replay of Covid” as he tried to allay fears.

Simon Clarke, the Treasury Department’s chief secretary, said the virus “certainly doesn’t appear to have anywhere near the same seriousness” as the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also mentioned the fact that there is already a vaccine that works against monkeypox when speaking to the media on Monday morning.

The UK is preparing to announce more cases on top of the current tally of 20.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has confirmed 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox around the world – including Europe and the US – and a further 28 suspected infections.

This count does not include later reported cases in Israel, Switzerland and Austria.

Monkeypox – which belongs to the same virus family as smallpox but produces milder symptoms – is rarely identified outside of Africa.

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Experts say superspreader events are likely behind the global spike in cases

An infectious disease expert said superspreader events are likely behind the global surge in monkeypox cases.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of Wellcome, said there have been small outbreaks of cases in the UK in the past – but “something has changed” with this one.

“The virus may have changed, but I think that’s unlikely,” he told BBC Radio 4today Program.

“More likely, I think, is that the niche that this virus is in now allowed for some superspreader events and the people involved then traveled to other parts of the world and took the infection with them.”

He said the fact that the virus “spread so quickly across borders” was different from what had happened before.

Additional reporting by PA

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 10:47 am

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Opinion: The public health threat of a “toxic relationship” with animals

“When will we study?” Julia Baines from Peta UK asks.

“Now that monkeypox has been discovered in Canada, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the US, we should accept that our toxic relationships with animals are sleepwalking us into disaster.”

Read their take on the spread of monkeypox here:

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 10:12 am

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What was the trajectory in England?

May 7: One case confirmed in England. Patients had recently traveled to Nigeria, where they are thought to have contracted the virus.

May 14: Two people living together in London have confirmed they have monkeypox.

May 16: Four more cases confirmed: three in London and one in the North East.

May 18: Two more cases confirmed: one in London, the other in the South East.

May 20: Eleven more cases confirmed in England.

Another announcement on monkeypox cases is expected later today. stay tuned for more

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 09:43

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ICYMI: Scientists ‘stunned’ by global spread

Experts who have observed previous monkeypox outbreaks said they were “stunned” by the recent spread of the virus in Europe and North America.

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Watch: UK minister denies Covid comparison

Simon Clarke, the chief secretary of the Treasury, said monkeypox was not a “rerun” of the Covid pandemic.

See him making the comments here:

The UK government is cautious but not “concerned” about the monkeypox outbreak

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 09:04

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UK tally expected to increase today

The UK is expected to announce an increase in its 20 confirmed cases of monkeypox later in the day.

It comes after a senior doctor warned that new cases are being reported every day.

Furvah Shah Reports on the situation in Great Britain:

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 08:49

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UK minister says monkeypox is not ‘a repeat of Covid’

Monkeypox is not a ‘replica’ of Covid-19, a UK government minister has assured.

“As with any new disease and of course doubly so in the wake of the Covid pandemic, we continue to monitor this very closely,” Simon Clarke, the Treasury’s chief secretary, told Sky News.

“I’d say I’m cautious, but I’m certainly not worried about our ability to handle the situation.

“There is a vaccine that is available that works against monkeypox and all the evidence is that it is spread through physical contact.

Mr Clarke added: “What I would say is that we are cautious, but we are certainly not in a position where I would worry the public that this is a repeat of Covid because it is certainly nowhere near the same platform seems serious.”

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 08:06

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Joe Biden says US stockpiles are ‘enough’

Joe Biden also said that the smallpox vaccine works for monkeypox.

Asked if the US has enough stocks of this vaccine to handle the spread of monkeypox, the US President said, “I think we have enough to deal with the likelihood of a problem.”

Joe Biden says US stockpiles are ‘adequate’ to deal with monkeypox threat

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Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 8:00 am

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Joe Biden tries to allay monkeypox concerns

The US President has tried to allay concerns about recent cases of monkeypox around the world.

Joe Biden said over the weekend the virus is something “to be concerned about.”

He has now clarified: “I just don’t think it reaches the level of concern that there was with Covid-19.”

Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 07:46

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Monkey Pox Explained

Here’s a quick reminder of what we know about monkeypox so far:

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