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Monkeypox Frightens UK Health System

According to the UK Health Security Agency, the risk of monkeypox remains low for the general public but anyone displaying symptoms should limit contact with others and contact NHS 111.

A further 77 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the UK, health officials revealed.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 302, as of 5 June.

73 of the additional cases of monkeypox were in England, with two in Scotland and two in Wales.

The UKHSA said there are currently 287 confirmed cases in England, 10 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and three in Wales.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has insisted the risk to the general population "remains low" because the virus, which is transmitted through close physical contact, does not spread easily.

It can live on surfaces such as bedsheets or towels, however, people are advised to look out for rashes that are unusual to them or an ulceration.