Monkey pox has continued to spread across England, with a total of 2,883 confirmed cases, according to the latest figures from the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA).
So far, the majority of infections have been identified in London, where 2,047 cases have been confirmed, an increase of 93 since last Friday.
The South East has confirmed 258 cases (up 21), the North West has confirmed 161 (up 11) and the East of England has confirmed 107 (up 4).
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Most transmissions occur between men who have sex with other men.
It comes as the UK hopes to receive around 100,000 doses of the smallpox vaccine, used to protect against monkeypox, amid reports the country will run out.
The UKHSA said 150,000 doses had been procured but only 50,000 have been received due to supply problems.
There are only about 5,000 doses of the jab left, Sky News reported, and the remaining stocks will arrive in September.
Dr Mary Ramsay, from the UKHSA, said: “The rollout continues apace, with the vaccine being offered to people most at risk of coming into contact with monkeypox to offer them protection and help contain the current outbreak.”
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In the UK, men who have sex with men have priority for the vaccine.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged men who have sex with men to consider having fewer sexual partners to stop the spread of monkeypox.
Ian Green, chief executive of the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, added: “There is urgent action to save this situation.
“We know that many gay and bisexual men will be worried by the news that vaccine supplies are running out and our advice to them is not to panic.”
Sexual intercourse is thought to put people at greater risk of contracting monkeypox because, although it is not known to be sexually transmitted, the close physical contact involved makes exposure more likely.
The most likely route of transmission is through close physical contact, touching clothing, bedding, or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash, or touching blisters or scabs on the skin from monkeypox.
There have been 2,914 confirmed cases of highly probable monkeypox and 103 in the UK from 6 May to 8 August.
Of these, 69 were in Scotland, 25 in Northern Ireland, 40 in Wales and 2,883 in England.
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