Monkeypox case numbers decline

The latest UK Health Security Agency data reflects a decline in the number of new cases of monkeypox being identified.

As of 15th August, there were 3,195 confirmed and highly probable cases of monkeypox in the UK. Whilst the decline is fastest in London, new cases continue to be identified in all regions.
Out of 3,025 confirmed cases in England, 2,989 were men (99%) and 36 were women.

As of 17th August 2022, a total of 33,199 administered doses of vaccine have been recorded, of which 29,803 have been administered as pre-exposure vaccination.

Dr Meera Chand, director of clinical and emerging infections, UKHSA, said: “Whilst there are fewer new cases being identified, we are detecting cases in all regions of England and the global outbreak continues. We ask that everyone checks themselves for monkeypox symptoms, including rashes and blisters, particularly if you have had new sexual partners recently – in the UK or abroad.

“If you are eligible for a vaccine, please wait to be called forward by the NHS and you will receive one as soon as supply is available in your area. We are working with the manufacturer to expedite delivery as quickly as possible.”

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