The cases of monkey pox have continued to slowly spread in the UK over the past few weeks.
The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency and Public Health Wales each said they had no confirmed cases.
As cases continue to rise, what is the risk disease to the average person?
What is the death rate from monkeypox?
Health officials have said that although the home is “significant and concerning”, the risk to the UK population remains low.
Public Health England said that monkey pox does not spread easily and most patients recover within weeks, but it can cause serious illness in some people.
According to Health Line the strain that was discovered in the UK was “associated with a lower mortality rate” at around 1%.
Person-to-person transmission occurs in the UK, with a large proportion of cases identified in gay and bisexual men.
Monkeypox is not normally a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be transmitted through direct contact during sex.
The government has stocks of smallpox vaccine which are offered to very close contacts of those affected.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
According to the UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency), the following symptoms could be an indication of monkey pox:
- Initially, symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.
- A rash may also develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, including the genitals.
- The rash changes and goes through different stages – it may look like chicken pox or syphilis, before finally forming a scab which later falls off.
The UKHSA insisted that monkeypox does not usually spread easily between people and the risk to the UK population remains low.