Monkeypox cases rise to 17 in Scotland as virus continues to spread

Public Health Scotland confirmed an increase in the number of reported cases across the country but stressed there is little danger to the public.

Scottish monkeypox cases rise to 17 as work to trace close contacts under way PHS

The number of Monkeypox cases in Scotland has risen again to 17 as the virus continues to spread across the UK.

A further four “laboratory-confirmed” cases of the condition have been reported in the period up to June 16, according to Public Health Scotland (PHS)

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected a total of 550 cases across the country.

Close contacts of the cases are being identified, traced and provided with health information, advice and, where appropriate, a vaccine.

The majority of cases are adults known to be gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) and report recent European travel within 21 days of symptom onset, PHS said.

The strain is described as “generally a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone already infected”.

The UKHSA has described the outbreak as “significant and concerning” but insisted the risk to the population overall remains low.

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