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Jacob Rawley & Sian Traynor

Monekypox Scotland: Two new cases confirmed as infections continue to rise

Health officials have confirmed there have been two further cases of Monkeypox reported in Scotland.

According to the latest data published by Public Health Scotland, two further cases of the condition have been recorded, taking the total to 46 since May 2022.

Warning of symptoms such as a fever, swollen glands and a blistering rash, a large number of cases are said to have links to those who have recently travelled to London or Europe.

PHS have also shared that most cases in Scotland have so far been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, reports the Daily Record.

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With cases now nearing 50 in total, some high-risk groups have been offered a vaccine against Monkeypox, as well as healthcare workers who may be at risk of exposure.

Symptoms of the condition, according to Scotland's NHS Inform, include:

  • high temperature (fever)
  • headache
  • flu-like symptoms, including muscle and back aches, shivering and tiredness
  • swollen glands that feel like new lumps (in the neck, armpits or groin)
  • a blistering rash that usually starts 1 to 5 days after other symptoms – the rash may start on the face or in the genital area and may spread to other parts of the body

The condition is spread through touch, and according to NHS Inform, does not spread very easily between people. While it is not a sexually transmitted virus, it can be spread through sexual contact.

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Dr Nick Phin, Director of Public Health Science and Medical Director at Public Health Scotland, said: “We continue to ask the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, particularly as there are currently a number of large social events happening across the country.

“Anyone can get monkeypox and it is passed by close skin-to skin contact with someone who has the infection. Simple measures like checking for unusual blister-like rashes or blister-like sores on any part of the body before attending an event or party can make a real difference.

“By noticing a possible infection early and seeking medical advice, we can prevent onward spread within our communities.”


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