Monkeypox: First case reported in Middlesbrough

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The first case of Monkeypox has been discovered in Middlesbrough.

Officials have recorded a new case in the town, meaning the total throughout the UK is now 523 as of Tuesday.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected 52 additional cases of monkeypox in England, one additional case in Scotland and one in Wales.

This brings the total number confirmed in the UK to 524.

There are currently 504 confirmed cases in England, 13 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 5 in Wales.

There were Monkeypox cases reported in Middlesbrough and South Tyneside in the week ending June 12.

Read more: 6 symptoms of monkeypox as North East case confirmed

The UKHSA advises that anyone with a rash with blisters should contact a sexual health clinic if they have also had close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have had monkeypox in the past three weeks, or if they have travelled to West or Central Africa in the past three weeks.

Monkeypox has become a notifiable disease in England, meaning all medics must alert local health authorities to suspected cases.

Laboratories must also inform UKHSA if the virus is identified in a sample.

It is understood the majority of cases are among adults known to be gay, bisexual, or other men.

The World Health Organisation is to convene an emergency committee of experts to determine if the expanding monkeypox outbreak that has mysteriously spread outside Africa should be considered a global health emergency.

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