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Monkey Cups: The UK advises those with symptoms to abstain from sex as 71 more cases have been confirmed

There have been 71 additional cases of monkey pox identified in the UK, the UK Health Security Agency said on Monday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the UK as a whole since May 7 to 179.

In the past, the UK Health Safety Agency advised people infected with monkey pox to abstain from sex as soon as symptoms appear and should avoid contact with other people until their lesions have healed and the scabs have dried off.

The highest risk of transmission is through direct contact with a person with monkey pox – but the overall risk to the UK population remains low, said Ruth Milton, senior medical adviser and monkey poop strategic director at UKHSA.

More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkey pox – a common mild disease that spreads by close contact and can cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions – have been reported in May, mostly in Europe.

Researchers are therefore investigating what may explain this unusual wave of cases.

The UKHSA on Monday indicated that societal transmission took place in the UK and that infected people should avoid contact with others until their lesions have healed and the scabs have dried off, and refrain from sex as soon as symptoms appear.

Although there is currently no available evidence that monkey pox is spread through genital excretion, people infected with the virus are advised to use condoms for eight weeks after infection as a precautionary measure, the agency added.

The highest risk of transmission is through direct contact with a person with monkey pox – but the overall risk to the UK population remains low, said Ruth Milton, senior medical adviser and monkey poop strategic director at UKHSA.

The agency, which offers a vaccine for close contacts of cases, has procured more than 20,000 doses of a smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic.

Cups and monkey cups are closely related.


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Monkey Cups: The UK advises those with symptoms to abstain from sex as 71 more cases have been confirmed

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