People who have unprotected direct contact with monkeypox cases should self-isolate for 21 days and work from home, according to guidance from the UK Health Security Agency.
The advice applies to anyone who has had sexual contact or household contact with a symptomatic sufferer. The agency said the guidance was intended to provide principles for risk assessment and the follow-up of the contacts of confirmed cases.
Boris Johnson said that the virus was rare, but it was important to “keep an eye on it”. Yesterday Belgium introduced a 21-day quarantine for monkeypox, the first country to apply such a measure for the viral disease.
Dr Susan Hopkins, who advises the UK Health Security Agency, told Sunday Morning on BBC1: “We are detecting more cases on