Monkeypox infections rise as guidance advises cases to abstain from sex
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reports that another 71 instances of monkeypox were discovered in England over the weekend, increasing the total number of cases in the UK to 179.
According to new advice, anyone who has the virus should avoid having sex while they are experiencing symptoms.
As a precaution, they are also advised to use condoms for eight weeks after illness.
According to the UKHSA, the danger to the general public is low, but people should be on the lookout for new rashes or lesions.
There have been 172 confirmed cases in England, four in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland, and one in Wales.
The four health authorities in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have now agreed on new recommendations for doctors and other healthcare workers to help control the newest outbreak.
People who have tested positive for the virus, as well as their close connections, have been advised to stay at home for the next 21 days.
While there is presently no proof that monkeypox may be transmitted through sexual fluids, those who have been diagnosed with the virus are encouraged to use condoms for eight weeks following infection as a precaution.
If confirmed cases or their close relatives need to leave the house to see a doctor or other health professional, they should exercise caution.
Healthcare workers who are pregnant or have a severely impaired immune system should not care for anyone who is suspected or confirmed to have monkeypox, according to the new guidance.
Personal protective equipment, such as FFP3 respirators, aprons, eye protection, and gloves, should be worn by staff working with confirmed patients, it adds.
It is recommended that those working with possible cases use surgical face masks that are fluid repellent, gowns, gloves, and eye protection.
Over 20,000 doses of Imvanex, a smallpox vaccine, have been purchased by UK health officials.
Close contact with persons who have been diagnosed with the virus is being provided in an attempt to lessen the likelihood of symptomatic infection and severe disease.