Monkeypox warning issued for anyone with a rash to avoid sex as cases swell

UK cases have risen by 70% as the disease sweeps across the country

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Britons who have developed a rash have been told to avoid having sex, as cases of monkeypox sweep the country.

The disease, usually found in West Africa, has infected 71 more people in the last day.

This has taken cases from 6 to a staggering 179 in the month of May, with cases also growing around the world.

In order to halt the spread of the virus, people coming into contact with monkeypox infected are being advised to isolate.

Woman with a rash
Woman with a rash

And now the latest advise from the UKHSA is for anyone developing a rash to abstain from sex.

UKHSA senior medical adviser Ruth Milton said: "We are continuing to work closely with our colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure we are aligned in our approach to reducing the risk of transmission of Monkeypox in the UK.

Test tubes labelled "Monkeypox virus positive" are seen in this illustration
Test tubes labelled "Monkeypox virus positive" are seen in this illustration

"We are reminding people to look out for new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body.

"If anyone suspects they might have these, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner, they should limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service as soon as possible, though please phone ahead before attending in person.

"This will help us to limit the virus being passed on."

The spread of the disease is believed to be rampant in the LGBTQ+ community, with doctors issuing several warnings.

Most cases of the disease leave the patient with flu like symptoms and a nasty rash.

No cases of the West African strain of the disease have proved to be fatal in the UK.