Monkeypox infections are steadily increasing in Great Britain. “We are discovering more cases every day,” UKHSA senior medical adviser Susan Hopkins told the BBC. According to her, the rare viral disease is now spreading in Great Britain without any connection to West or Central Africa, where it is native.
Great Britain had reported 20 cases by Friday, and Hopkins has now announced a new balance sheet for Monday with the numbers from the weekend. There are “new” cases every day, she said. Most infected adults have “relatively mild” symptoms. She initially did not want to confirm reports that an affected person had to be treated in the intensive care unit.
“Take this very, very seriously.”
Since early May, monkeypox cases have been detected in several European and North American countries. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash that often starts on the face and then spreads to other body parts. Most people recover within several weeks.
According to the current state of research, close physical contact is required for transmission. Hopkins confirmed information from the WHO that it has mainly been homosexual or bisexual men who have been infected so far. She urged caution.