London.- The United Kingdom is registering daily infections of the monkey pox unrelated to any travel to West Africa, where the disease is endemic, an official with Britain’s health security agency said on Sunday.
“We’re finding cases that have no identified contact with a West African individual, which is what we’ve seen previously in this country,” UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) chief medical adviser Susan Hopkins said.
“We are detecting more cases on a daily basis,” he added during an interview with the BBC.
The UKHSA said the new figures would be released on Monday, having recorded 20 cases on Friday.
Hopkins declined to confirm reports that a person was in intensive care.
“Community transmission is largely centered in urban areas and we see it predominantly in people who identify themselves as gay or bisexual, or other men who have sex with men,” she said.
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“We recommend anyone who changes sexual partners regularly or who has close contact with people they don’t know to see a doctor if they develop symptoms,” he said.
“The risk to the general population is still extremely low right now, and I think people need to be vigilant,” he said, adding that for most adults, symptoms would be “relatively mild.”
The United Kingdom sounded the alarm on May 7, with a person who had recently traveled to Nigeria. Other countries in Europe and the United States have reported cases.
Hopkins explained that a type of smallpox vaccine is currently being administered in this country to contacts of those infected with “high risk of developing symptoms,” but clarified that there are no plans to offer it to the entire population.
The monkey pox it can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions and droplets from a contaminated person, as well as through shared objects such as bedding and towels.
Its symptoms resemble, to a lesser degree, those observed in the past in subjects with smallpox: fever, headache, muscle and back pain during the first five days.
Rashes (on the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet), lesions, pustules, and finally scabs then appear.
According to WHOsymptoms last between 14 and 21 days.