Difficult to trace contact of monkeypox with multiple unidentified sex partners: report

The first technical briefing for the disease by the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) included details of 45 confirmed cases, who were asked about their sexual health. The Telegraph reported that the report “highlighted the challenges” in controlling the outbreak.

Nearly all (98 percent) of cases reported having sex with other men during the incubation period, with almost half (44 percent) reporting more than 10 sexual partners and group sex in the past three months.

Nearly 20 out of 45 reported participating in “sex-on-premises”, such as in a sauna, dark room or sex club in the UK or abroad during the incubation period, while around 64 per cent found new partners through dating apps. met, the report said.

“Traditional contact tracing as a primary control intervention in this specific group will be challenging as the majority of cases are reported to have had sexual contact with new or casual partners, sometimes in the context of cruises or during Chemex, where contact is frequent. The details were unavailable for tracing,” the report said.

As of 12 June, the UKHSA has detected 104 additional cases of monkeypox in England, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 470, with 452 cases in England, 12 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and four in Wales. .

The outbreak in the UK is currently classified as Level 2, meaning that transmission is confined to a sub-population with close contacts, but the report states that health officials are positioning for Level 3 evidence. were closely monitored – the stage before full community transmission, the report said.

“We are working closely with partners in the UK and with global partners to help us better understand the virus, its transmission and the best use of mitigation such as vaccines and treatments,” said Dr Meera Chand. The Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA, said in a statement.

“We increasingly use new data to inform the public health response and we continue to work to reduce transmission.

“We are grateful to everyone who has come forward to get tested and patients who continue to help us understand the outbreak by participating in studies and investigations,” she said.

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