Monkeypox: Greater than half of infections within the male homosexual group, new UKHSA information reveals

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Greater than half of England’s confirmed monkeypox circumstances have occurred in males who’re homosexual, bisexual, or different males who’ve intercourse with males, new information reveals.

Of 190 confirmed circumstances recognized by the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) from 6 to 31 Could, 183 have been in England, 4 have been in Scotland, two have been in Northern Eire and one was in Wales.

The findings present, 86% of England’s circumstances are in London residents and solely two have been ladies.

Most monkeypox circumstances have occurred in folks aged 20 to 49 years previous.

111 circumstances are males recognized to be homosexual, bisexual, or different males who’ve intercourse with males, the company stated.

Investigations so far have recognized hyperlinks to homosexual bars, saunas and the usage of courting apps within the UK and overseas, the UKHSA stated.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director for public well being stated: “Monkeypox can have an effect on anybody however we all know that lots of the most up-to-date diagnoses are in homosexual, bisexual, and different males who’ve intercourse with males, lots of whom reside in, or have hyperlinks to London.

“We’re reminding everybody of the signs of monkeypox, and particularly homosexual and bisexual males specifically, to be particularly conscious and search recommendation instantly by calling NHS 111 or their native sexual well being clinic if they’ve considerations.

“As with all new illness outbreak, the danger of stigma and uncertainty is nice. Because of this we’re working facet by facet with the NHS, sexual well being, voluntary and group sector organisations in London to share correct details about Monkeypox particularly to folks and teams at elevated threat by way of consultant voices.”

In a separate announcement the UKHSA gave the newest an infection numbers as 188 in England, 5 circumstances in Scotland, 2 in Northern Eire and 1 in Wales, taking the UK complete to 196.

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