10:50 August 5, 2022
A case of monkey pox has been identified in Ipswich, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
An Infectious Disease Report (NOID) report published by the UKHSA for the week ending July 31 revealed that one case of the virus had been reported in Suffolk’s county towns.
Another case was identified in mid-Suffolk for the week ending June 26.
According to an agenda report for a July Suffolk County Council meeting, there were “low numbers” of monkey pox in Suffolk as of June 2.
The total number of monkey pox cases in Suffolk has not been confirmed.
There have been more than 2,600 cases of monkey pox in the UK to date, mainly among men who have sex with men.
Most monkeypox patients only experience fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue, but some may develop a rash and lesions on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body.
The rash may resemble chickenpox or syphilis, and scabs may form and fall off.
Most people recover within a few weeks.
The monkeypox incubation period is usually six to 13 days, but can range from five to 21 days.
LGBT groups have urged Health Minister Steve Barclay to take action over monkey pox which is “causing real fear and unrest” within gay communities.
A letter to Mr Barclay, signed by the LGBT groups for the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Scottish National Party, reads: “We cannot afford for monkeypox to become endemic in the UK. Fortunately we have the tools needed to stop this outbreak and prevent further health risk now. We urge you to do this urgently.”