Another 71 cases of monkeypox identified in England

A vial containing monkeypox virus

The virus causes sores and scabs and can be spread by close contact (Picture: Reuters)

There have been another 71 cases of monkeypox found in England, bringing the number of UK cases as a whole since May 7 to 179.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced the new cases this evening, having not given details of cases over the weekend.

There are currently four confirmed cases in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales.

It comes as new guidance was published today from UKHSA looking at how people can reduce the risk from the viral disease.

It says that people who may have it should avoid contact with others until their lesions have healed and the scabs have dried off.

They should ‘follow standard cleaning and disinfection methods’ and wash their own clothing and bed linen.

The guidance says people should also abstain from sex while symptomatic,.

And ‘while there is currently no available evidence of monkeypox in genital excretions, as a precaution, cases are advised to use condoms for eight weeks after infection’.

If people who may have monkeypox need to travel to seek healthcare, they should cover any lesions with cloth, wear a face covering and avoid public transport where possible.

Contacts of someone with monkeypox will also be risk assessed and told to isolate for 21 days if necessary.

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