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UKHSA issues mpox warning as cases rise - symptoms, transmission and vaccine eligibility

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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a warning about the mpox virus after the latest data showed an increase in cases.

A further 10 cases of mpox, previously known as monkeypox, have been diagnosed in the UK in the last three weeks, according to an update published on Thursday (May 25).

This brings the total number of new cases in the UK since the beginning of the year to 20. All the cases were diagnosed within London, with half of them in unvaccinated individuals and two in people who had only received one dose of the vaccine.

Five of the cases acquired the infection in the UK, while four are thought to have acquired the infection abroad and one remains under investigation. READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community The UKHSA said vaccination had played a "crucial role in protecting people and reducing case numbers".

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