Saturday 6 August 2022 10:34 PM Monkeypox cases spreading into every region of the UK as vaccination campaign ... trends now
Monkeypox cases are now spreading into every region of the country while the vaccination campaign against the virus is faltering, experts have warned.
When the virus – which causes painful blisters across the body – first arrived in the UK in May, the vast majority of infections were recorded in London.
Last month, regional cases accounted for only a fifth of the total. But now, more than 2,800 cases have been confirmed, and according to Government figures over a third are in regions outside of London.
Particularly high numbers have been seen in the South East, which has recorded more than 230 cases, and the North West, with 150.
Currently monkeypox is predominantly infecting gay men and spread through close contact, but the updated figures come as sexual health experts warn that overwhelming demand for the vaccine