Four males in the UK have been diagnosed with monkeypox, raising the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to seven. Gay and bisexual men have been told to look out for ‘unusual rash.’
After MailOnline reported the news earlier today, health officials confirmed that all four new patients are gay or bisexual men who were infected in London and had no travel connections to Africa.
Two people are familiar with each other but have no relationship to any of the other cases, indicating that the virus is spreading for the first time in the community.
Nurses and doctors should be on the lookout for patients with a new rash.
Monkeypox is frequently misdiagnosed as chickenpox, measles, scabies, and syphilis, making early diagnosis difficult.
‘This is exceptional and unusual,’ said Dr. Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
‘The UKHSA is examining the source of these infections as soon as possible because evidence suggests that the monkeypox virus is being transmitted in the population through close contact.’
‘We are asking gay and bisexual men in particular to be alert of any strange rashes or lesions and to seek immediate medical attention.’
The West African variant of the virus, which is thought to be milder than other strains, has been found in all seven UK cases.
The UKHSA stated the exact how the new patients got the infection is still being investigated.