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Monkeypox: Expert outlines ‘different’ behaviour in outbreak

Dr Hugh Adler, who was a part of a team at Royal Liverpool Hospital that treated a case of monkeypox in 2018, said the experience showed him the virus will be deeper than “a superficial skin disease” given the surprising ability to detect it in blood samples and throat swabs, not only through a rash, and that tests got here back positive months after patients were infectious.

Dr Adler’s comments come as an additional 16 cases of monkeypox have been detected in England, in keeping with figures released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on Friday.

The most recent cases bring the full number confirmed in England because the first infection was reported on May 7 to 101.

The UK total, with three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, is 106.

Dr Adler, who works as a junior medic on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, told the Liverpool Echo: “The variety of cases we’re seeing shows there was onward transmission that is happened before the early cases were picked up.

“That is something that may occur with any infection. It hasn’t happened before, and up until now, the HCID [high consequence infectious diseases] network approach has been very effective at containing the infection.”

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The best way monkeypox is detected has been a ‘big surprise’ to scientists, a physician says (Image: Getty)

He added: “But we do think that so long as we’re in a position to do the case finding and diagnose the cases, we must always give you the option to interrupt chains of transmission.”

Monkeypox is expounded to smallpox, a pandemic that was eradicated in 1980, though significantly less severe, with a fatality ratio of three to 6 percent and a general recovery period of three to 4 weeks.

Initial symptoms include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and chickenpox-like rash.

Despite the rise in cases, the UKHSA said the chance to the British population “stays low”, arguing, in step with Dr Adler’s assessment, the virus doesn’t spread easily.

Still, the health body urged individuals with unusual rashes or lesions, especially in the event that they have had a recent sexual partner, to limit their contact with others and speak to NHS 111 or their local sexual health clinic.

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Monkeypox is expounded to smallpox but is way less severe (Image: Every day Express)

Meanwhile, men who self-identified as gay, bisexual or men who’ve sex with men. are being told to be particularly wary of symptoms because the agency said “nearly all of the cases identified to this point” have been amongst this group.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has put the variety of cases detected in countries where the virus isn’t endemic — including nearly a dozen EU nations, the US, Australia and the United Arab Emirates — at 219.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the cases present in recent weeks outside west and central Africa, where the virus normally circulates, could possibly be only the start of a more major problem.

Sylvie Briand, the WHO’s epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention chief, told a briefing: “We do not know if we are only seeing the height of the iceberg [or] if there are numerous more cases which might be undetected in communities.”

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Ms Briand said there’s currently not much in the way in which of treatment. Nonetheless, she added, some antivirals developed against smallpox exist, including one which was recently approved by the European Medicines Agency against smallpox.

Vaccines developed for smallpox have also been found to be about 85 percent effective in stopping monkeypox.

Nonetheless, supplies of the jabs are today very limited.

Ms Briand said: “We do not know precisely the variety of doses available on the planet and in order that’s why we encourage countries to come back to WHO and tell us what are their stockpiles.”

Emphasising that she thought the spread could possibly be halted, the WHO official added: “Now we have an excellent window of opportunity to stop the transmission now.

“If we put in place the suitable measures now, we probably can contain this easily.”

Dr Adler echoed her remarks: “Monkeypox isn’t an enormous public health threat to the UK or Europe.

“It might be a light disease, we will tackle it, and the necessary thing is for individuals who might need the infection to hunt help and be given help, and that the general public health response can do its thing.

“We’ll give you the option to tackle it that way.”

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