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Monkeypox detected in Mid Suffolk as 'low numbers' are reported in region



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Cases of monkeypox have been detected in Suffolk, it has been confirmed.

The latest notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDS) report shows one case has been reported in the Mid Suffolk region.

In the agenda published for the next Suffolk County Council meeting, as of June 2, there were 'low numbers' reported and dealt with by the UK Health and Security Agency.

Monkeypox has been detected in Suffolk for the first time. Picture: iStock
Monkeypox has been detected in Suffolk for the first time. Picture: iStock

Government data shows there were 1,076 cases of monkeypox in the UK, with 29 confirmed in the East of England - an increase of six on the previous week.

Dr Sophia Makki, Incident director at UKHSA said: "The monkeypox outbreak in the UK continues to grow, with over a thousand cases now confirmed nationwide. We expect cases to continue to rise further in the coming days and weeks.

"We are grateful to all the people who have come forward so far for testing and to assist us with our contact tracing."

An urgent investigation was launched last month after cases were detected in England.

The infection is spread through close contact with someone with monkeypox. Most people go onto recover within a few weeks, but it can take between five and 21 days for the infection to appear.