Monkeypox: Professor highlights the ‘visible’ symptoms to spot as UK cases double

Yesterday another 11 cases of monkeypox were confirmed in the UK. That brings the total number of cases confirmed to 20. In his official update, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said “most cases” of the viral infection are mild. Nonetheless, it’s important to watch out for the signs and take suitable action if you spot them.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Professor Linda Bauld listed the “visual” symptoms to spot.

In describing the symptoms, the professor struck a reassuring tone.

“I don’t think people should be alarmed.”

Coming out of a pandemic, there is a better collective understanding of viruses and the epidemiology of viruses. This has led to increasing headlines about the spread of pathogens, prof Bauld noted.

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We must still be “cautious, we’ve got to investigate”, he added.

According to Doctor Chris, the current consensus is “we are dealing with the West African version of monkeypox which is actually a relative of small pox”.

As he explained, this “sounds very damning and concerning but in humans is very mild”.

The doc added: “Most people will have a trivialness and be better in a couple of weeks.”

The NHS says to contact your GP or call 111 if you have a rash with blisters and either:

  • You’ve returned from west or central Africa in the last three weeks
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox in the last three weeks.

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