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Monkey pox is designated a notable disease in the UK

That means all doctors in the UK must notify their local council or local Health Protection Team (HPT) if they suspect a patient has the disease. monkey pox.

Testing facilities must also notify UKHSA if monkeypox virus determined in laboratory specimens.

The UKHSA decision comes after the total number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK reached 302 on June 6.

Wendi Shepherd, Monkey Smallpox Incident Director at UKHSA, said: “Rapid diagnosis and reporting are key to stopping the future spread of monkeypox. This new legislation will help. We and our medical partners identify, treat, and control outbreaks quickly.

It also aids us in rapid data collection and analysis, allowing us to detect possible disease outbreaks and quickly trace close contacts, and deliver vaccines at the same time. the right time to limit the disease transmission in the future”.

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On June 6, the UK recorded a total of 302 cases of monkeypox. (Photo: The Economic Times)

Professor David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), said that the designation of monkeypox as a disease of concern “shows a desire to ensure There are reports from all sectors in both the public and private sectors and all parts of the NHS, suggesting that the UK Government wants to focus disease surveillance on the whole population, not just on risk groups have been identified to date”.

“This will allow unambiguous identification of all risk groups and help to better understand the epidemiology and extent of transmission,” said Heymann.

UKHSA has stressed that the risk to the general population “remains low” because monkeypox virus, which is transmitted by close contact, is not contagious. However, the virus can survive on surfaces such as bed sheets or towels. People are advised to be careful with unusual rashes or sores.

Last week, data from UKHSA showed that more than 50% of cases of monkeypox in the UK were detected in gay, bisexual or men who had sex with men. Most cases of monkeypox have occurred in people aged 20 to 49 years.

Of the 190 cases reported between May 6 and May 31, 111 were gay, bisexual or men who had sex with men, according to UKHSA.

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