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WHO doctor explains how monkeypox spread among humans

The UKHSA has confirmed 14 new monkeypox cases in England bringing the nationwide total to 70.

Despite further cases being detected, the risk to the UK population remains low, the UK Health Security Agency added. As of 23 May, no cases have so far been identified in Wales or Northern Ireland. One infection has been detected in Scotland.

In total, 71 cases of the rare viral infection have been reported across the UK.

It comes as Health officials in Washington state say they have detected a suspected Monkeypox case in a man who recently returned from travelling overseas.

Washington is now the fifth US state to report a confirmed or suspected case of the Monkeypox virus. Officials in King County, which covers Seattle, say the man did not require hospitalisation and is isolating at home.

Meanwhile in France, health authorities have recommended rolling out a monkeypox vaccine programme

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 16:36

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Bizarre theory accusing US of creating virus in lab goes viral on Chinese social media

A baseless conspiracy theory blaming the US for creating monkeypox in a lab is spreading on Chinese social media amid the global outbreak of the disease.

Conversations about monkeypox have trended on the Weibo social messaging platform for multiple days in a row, with more than 51m views on a hashtag about two suspect US cases.

Some of the discussion seen on Weibo has also reportedly pointed to conspiracy theories about the origins of monkeypox, which is usually found in central and west Africa.

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 16:25

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Watch: 21-day quarantine for Monkeypox, says German health expert

21-day quarantine for Monkeypox, says German health expert

Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 16:15

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NEW: Washington becomes fifth US state to report suspected Monkeypox case

Health officials in Washington state say they have detected a suspected Monkeypox case in a man who recently returned from travelling overseas.

Officials in King County, which covers Seattle, say the man did not require hospitalisation and is isolating at home.

Washington is the fifth US state to report a confirmed or suspected case of the Monkeypox virus.

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 15:50

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BREAKING: 14 new cases identified in England bringing total to 70

A 14 further monkeypox cases have been identified in England, bringing the nationwide total to 70, health officials say.

Despite further cases being detected, the risk to the UK population remains low, the UK Health Security Agency said.

As of 23 May, no cases have so far been identified in Wales or Northern Ireland. One infection has been detected in Scotland.

In total, 71 cases of the rare viral infection have been reported across the UK.

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 15:43

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ICYMI: World ‘cannot take eye off the ball’ over infectious diseases, Oxford vaccine chief warns

The world cannot take its “eye off the ball” in preparing for the next pandemic, a leading scientist behind the Oxford jab has warned as the latest monkeypox outbreak continues to spread.

Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, insisted the rise in monkeypox infections “really isn’t a Covid-like scenario,” but said it was yet another reminder of the need to invest in pandemic preparedness and vaccine development for infectious diseases.

The failure to do so “really puts the human population at risk,” he told The Independent, adding that future diseases which go on to spread throughout the world could be much more deadly than Covid-19 or monkeypox.

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 15:30

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Watch: Does the UK have monkeypox vaccines?

Education secretary says Sajid Javid has bought Monkeypox vaccine

Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 15:10

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Germany orders 40,000 vaccine doses as precaution against monkeypox spread

Germany has ordered 40,000 doses of a Bavarian Nordic (BAVA.CO) vaccine to be ready to vaccinate contacts of those infected with monkeypox if an outbreak in Germany becomes more severe, but officials are banking on other precautionary measures for now.

Speaking at a press conference, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Tuesday that measures such as an isolation period of at least 21 days recommended for infected people would suffice for now to contain the outbreak.

“If infections spread further we will want to be prepared for possible ring vaccinations that are not yet recommended at this point but might become necessary,” said Mr Lauterbach, referring to the strategy of vaccinating contacts of an infected person.

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 14:50

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French health authority recommends targeted monkeypox vaccinations

France’s health authority (HAS) said on Tuesday it recommended starting a targeted vaccination campaign to fight monkeypox.

The HAS said it recommended that as soon as a confirmed case of monkeypox has been discovered, a vaccination should be given to adults who have been in contact with the patient and who are considered to be at risk.

Health staff who have been exposed to the patient without individual protection should also receive a jab, the HAS added.

Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 14:26

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How worried should you be about monkeypox?

Speaking in South Korea, US president Joe Biden was asked how much of a concern the disease was and answered: “It is a concern in that, if it were to spread, it would be consequential… They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet but it is something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Qualifying his answer later, he said: “I just don’t think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with Covid-19.”

In Britain, both Simon Clarke, chief secretary to the Treasury, and Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, likewise dismissed the idea that its spread should be met with the same degree of concern as the arrival of the coronavirus in spring 2020.

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Thomas Kingsley24 May 2022 14:00

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