There were 7 cases of monkeypox, and gay men were asked to stay cautiously.

After four new cases of monkeypox virus have been identified by British health authorities, gay and bisexual men have been urged to pay attention to abnormal rashes and lesions, with the first cases appearing earlier this year. Since then, the total number of infections in the country has reached 7.

The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Monday night that three new cases in London and one in northeastern England were gay, bisexual, or other men (MSM) having sex with men. He said he was self-aware.

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There is no link to traveling to countries where monkeypox is endemic, and exactly where and how the infection was acquired, including whether they have further links to each other, is an “urgent investigation”. It’s below.

Dr. Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s Chief Medical Advisor, said:

“This is rare and unusual. Evidence suggests that there may be monkeypox virus infections in the community that are spread by close contact, so UKHSA is expedited to investigate the causes of these infections. “She said. Known cases have been contacted to provide health information and advice.

Currently, general contacts between cases have been identified for two of the latest four cases. All patients in need of medical care are in the specialized infectious disease unit of Royal Victoria Infirmary, the Royal Free Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne and Guys and St. Thomas, London.

UKHSA said they all have a West African branch of the virus. This is mild compared to the Central African ramification group.

“Recently, we are working closely with the NHS because of the increasing number of cases and uncertainties about where some of these individuals have been infected. [National Health Service] A partner to identify if there have been more cases in the last few weeks, and an international partner to understand if similar increases have been seen in other countries. ”

Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild, self-limiting illness that spreads through very close contact with people with monkeypox, and most people recover within a few weeks.

“The virus is not easy to spread among people and the risk to the UK population is low, but recent cases are gay, bisexual and other MSM communities, as the virus spreads through close contact. We advise these groups to: “Be careful if you have an abnormal rash or lesion on any part of your body, especially your genitals, and contact sexual health services if you have any concerns.” UKHSA says.

Health officials have urged those concerned about the potential for monkeypox to contact the clinic prior to their visit, and their discussions have been treated with caution and confidentiality. I am.

“Clinicians should pay attention to individuals with a rash without a clear alternative diagnosis and seek advice from professional services,” the agency said. Early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, myalgia, low back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and malaise.

The rash often begins on the face and can spread to other parts of the body, including the genitals. The rash changes and, through various stages, looks like chickenpox or syphilis and eventually forms a scab. The scab will fall off later. There were 7 cases of monkeypox, and gay men were asked to stay cautiously.

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