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Gay & Bi Men at Risk as Outbreak of Monkeypox Hits U.K.

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Monkeypox virus, bringing to seven the total number of patients infected with the dangerous virus. According to a report in the Independent, the most recent cases of the zoonotic disease which can be fatal in up to 10 percent of its victims, were among gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men, and who appeared to have contracted the disease in London.

Monkeypox virus is endemic to central and western Africa, and U.K. health officials are reacting swiftly to the most recent outbreaks.“The evidence suggests that there may be transmission of the monkeypox virus in the community, spread by close contact,” Dr.

Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser at the U.K. Health Security Agency, said in a statement released Monday and posted to social media. “We are particularly urging men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service without delay.” The first cases of the virus were discovered earlier this month.

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