Monkeypox outbreak: UK gay bars ‘actively investigating’

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UK health chiefs are ‘actively investigating’ gay and bisexual bars and spas as they try to contain the monkeypox outbreak.

So far, nine cases of the extremely rare disease have been confirmed in the UK, six of which have been in men who have sex with men, according to the Daily mail.

Officials say this is “strongly suggestive of spread in sexual networks”.

It would seem that a similar pattern is developing across Europe. In Spain, seven gay or bisexual men have tested positive, while Portugal has recorded nine cases involving “mainly young” men.

There are also fears that monkeypox is much more prevalent than we currently think, given that most patients are unrelated to each other.



Monkeypox can be spread between humans via breathing droplets or bodily fluids from an infected person

Today (May 19), the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) warned men to watch out for rashes developing on their face or genitals.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released an update on the outbreak last night, discussing the situation in the UK, before two more gay or bisexual British men were confirmed to have contracted it today. today.

In their statement, they disclosed that gay venues and sexual contacts of confirmed patients were under investigation.

The update reads: “UK health authorities have set up an incident management team to coordinate the extensive contact tracing that is currently underway in healthcare settings and the community to those who have been in contact with the confirmed cases.



one in 100 cases of monkeypox will result in death
One in 100 cases of monkeypox will lead to death

“Contacts are assessed according to their level of exposure and followed by active or passive surveillance for 21 days from the date of last exposure to a case. Vaccination is offered to high-risk contacts.

“A detailed upstream contact tracing investigation is also underway to determine the likely route of acquisition and establish whether there are other chains of transmission in the UK for any cases.

“Sexual contact and places visited (e.g. saunas, bars and clubs) are actively investigated for all four GBMSMs [gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men] case.”

Contact tracers are reportedly interviewing owners of gay venues as part of their investigations.



Fortunately, monkeypox is very rare because it is extremely difficult to get it from an infected person.
Fortunately, monkeypox is very rare because it is extremely difficult to get it from an infected person.

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Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that can be caught from infected wildlife in parts of West and Central Africa.

It can be spread between humans via breathing droplets or bodily fluids from an infected person.

In humans, it causes lesions to grow and fill with a clear liquid, which then turns into bumps with a yellowish liquid that crusts over and falls off.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 100 cases of monkeypox will result in death.

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