'Small number' of monkeypox cases investigated in Scotland

Only one person is being treated in hospital for the condition, but a handful of others are now being investigated by experts.

‘Small number’ of monkeypox cases investigated in Scotland, health officials confirm WHO

Health officials have confirmed they are investigating a “small number” of monkeypox cases in Scotland.

NHS boards have joined the effort to trace those who may have contracted the viral infection in recent days after the number of outbreaks rose to 78 in the UK.

Public Health Scotland (PHS) stressed only one case of the disease was officially recognised across the country.

But bosses admitted they are now working to uncover whether others may have slipped through the net.

It comes after a court case in Inverness was adjourned over concerns a witness involved may have presented symptoms of the condition.

A PHS spokesperson said: “In line with national protocols, Public Health Scotland (PHS) is working with NHS Boards and wider partners to investigate a small number of potential cases of monkeypox in Scotland.

“As announced on 23 May, there is one confirmed case of monkeypox in Scotland.”

They added: “It would not be appropriate for PHS to comment on individuals.”

A total of 77 cases of the virus confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency have been validated in England.

The trial at Inverness Sheriff Court has been temporarily suspended until July while the person involved is tested for the disease.

On Monday it was confirmed that one person in Scotland is in hospital with the viral infection.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include a blister-like rash or small number of blister-like sores can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, including the genital area.

They may also include:

  • fever or high temperature
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • backache
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • chills
  • exhaustion
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