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Child in intensive care with monkeypox as health officials warn of rise in cases

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A child has been admitted to intensive care with monkeypox as cases in the UK continue to be detected daily, reports claim.

It is believed the young patient is receiving treatment at a London hospital. Chief medical adviser Dr Susan Hopkins said the virus is being spread through community transmission in Britain, the Mirror reports.

She added: “We are detecting more cases on a daily basis. I’d like to thank all those coming forward for testing to sexual health clinics, to GPs and emergency departments.” The UK Health Security Agency has so far confirmed 20 infections ahead of today's update.

Roughly 145 cases have been identified out with Central and West Africa, where the virus is most common.That includes Europe, North America and Australia.

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