“We should not be complacent about mpox.” UK Health Security Agency publishes latest mpox figures

Graham Robson August 4, 2023

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published its latest mpox outbreak epidemiological overview, which provides an update to the number of confirmed and highly probable mpox cases in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The overview shows that in 2023 so far (up to 31 July 2023) there have been 39 cases of mpox reported in the UK. Of these, 38 were in England (18 cases were presumed to have acquired mpox in the UK, 17 were acquired outside the UK and four awaiting classification) and one was in Scotland (an imported case acquired outside the UK).

Between 1-31 July 2023, and since the last epidemiological overview, 10 new cases have been reported, all of which were reported from London.

Dr Katy Sinka, STI Section Head at UKHSA, said:“These latest statistics show that while case numbers remain very low, we should not be complacent about mpox – with 10 new cases reported in July, all of which were reported from London.

“While mpox infection is mild for many, it can cause severe symptoms so it’s important people protect themselves from infection.

“Vaccination is still available in London and is key to reducing the severity of symptoms as well as preventing further transmission, so please come forward if you are eligible.”

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