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UK Reports 50 New Monkeypox Cases

UK health officials reported new 50 cases of Monkeypox across the kingdom, so the number of confirmed Monkeypox cases to 574, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Dr William Welfare of Britain’s Health Security Agency said: “If you have a rash with blisters, or any other monkeypox symptoms, don’t go to events, meet with friends or have sexual contact.”

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The British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, revealed that dozens of countries around the world have reported confirmed cases of monkeypox.

Those countries include the United States of America (USA), Spain, and Portugal, with about 1,800 confirmed cases around the world.

UK monkeypox outbreak passes 500 cases as health officials reveal 52 more Britons have contracted the rash-causing virus, latest round of monkeypox infections brings total UK virus cases to 524.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officials say monkeypox will get a new name to be less discriminatory.

The heads of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) say most new infections with monkeypox are still among gay and bisexual men. England has recorded 504 cases, Scotland 13, Wales 5, and Northern Ireland two cases.

In the same context, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that it will hold another meeting next week to reevaluate the condition Monkeypox after the recent outbreak in the non-epidemic countries.

There is a possibility that the newly emerged virus to be named as public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) which is the highest alert that world organization can impose.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing: “The global outbreak of monkeypox is clearly unusual and concerning.”

He added: “It is for that reason that I have decided to convene the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations next week to assess whether this outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.” The meeting is scheduled for June 23.

Coronavirus was the latest disease that was announced as in the end 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic infections surpassed more than 532 million people. On the other hand, the number of deaths reached 6.3 million globally.

There is now 1600 Monkeypox cases, alongside 1500 suspected infections of the virus in 39 countries, including seven countries that detected the virus years ago before the new outbreak.

Until now, there is no exact vaccine for the Monkeypox, however, the traditional vaccines against the smallpox are effective against the virus.

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