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FIRST CASE: Monkeypox case found in Hertfordshire

 Published on: 23rd May 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Health chiefs have confirmed that they have identified what they believe is the first case of monkeypox in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire County Council have declined to confirm the whereabouts of the infection within the county, with it now being one of 20 across England.

However, they have revealed their plans for dealing with the disease and any further outbreaks.

A spokesperson for HCC said: “We can confirm that a positive case of Monkey Pox has been identified in Hertfordshire. Close contacts are being contacted and are being given the appropriate health information and advice. Our resident was extremely prompt and proactive in seeking clinical attention, and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.

“This disease is not specific to any particular gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity and it is most likely to be transmitted via close physical contact. We are urging people with a recent history of travel to West Africa and gay and bisexual men to be aware of unusual rashes or lesions especially on their faces or genitals and to contact NHS 111 if they have any concerns. If you have concerns, please ring 111 first and DO NOT attend a clinic or service in person before telephoning.

“Working with UK Health Security Agency, NHS and local community groups, we have plans in place to ensure people get support and treatment, and to ensure close contacts are traced and offered appropriate prophylaxis including vaccination where necessary. All NHS services have been advised. The infection can be distressing but is mild and rare.”

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