99 per cent of all infections are among men, says UK Health Security Agency.
London, United Kingdom (SN) | it has been reported by the UK Health Agency that, 219 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK which brings the nationwide total to 793.
In new data released on Tuesday, the UK Health Security (UKHSA) said 99 per cent of infections were among men; just five women have so far been infected with the viral disease.
“At the moment there is no clear evidence that the current epidemic is coming under control,” Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told The Guardian.
According to the Health Agency, the majority of UK cases are also among residents located in the capital city of London (498 of 624 with reported home address), UKHSA added. The median age of confirmed infections being 37.
Of the 793 cases, 766 are in England, 18 are in Scotland, 6 in Wales and 3 in Northern Ireland.
It comes as scientists warned that the spread of monkeypox in Britain has yet to be halted.
UKHSA said the outbreak has mainly been in gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men without documented history of travel to endemic countries.
Previous infections in the UK had been either imported from countries where monkeypox is endemic or contacts with documented epidemiological links to imported cases.
Between 2018 and 2021, there were 7 cases of monkeypox detected in the UK.
UKHSA will now release the latest monkeypox case updates twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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