Monkey disease The virus could be circulating by the end of the year – and the virus could become fatal in children – if vaccination efforts do not improve, experts have warned.
While 50,000 vaccinations are being ordered, public health experts say four times that number is needed to stem the spread.
More than 1,850 people in the UK are infected with the disease, which causes painful blisters on the body, and numbers double every 15 days. These are mostly seen in gay men.
Dr Deborah Birks, former head of the US Covid Task Force, told the Mail on Sunday that all gay men London Women under the age of 50, as well as women who visit gay bars, should be vaccinated. If you’re in a gay bar and you’re dancing, there’s a chance you’ll get infected.
Monkey disease could be rampant by the end of the year – and the virus could reach fatal children – if vaccine efforts are not improved, experts have warned.
The virus is transmitted through close physical contact, such as sex, but also through kissing and hugging.
Vaccinations can provide effective protection, but doctors have criticized the slow-down of vaccinations for the most vulnerable Britons, saying the UK does not have enough to stop the virus from spreading to the wider population.
Monkey disease can especially affect children, as a result of which they are more likely to suffer from serious illness.
On Thursday, England’s health agency confirmed that a London school had sent reception rooms into lockdown after a child came into contact with monkeypox.
According to a letter sent to parents, officials advised parents to avoid hugging their children or any other close contact for two weeks. The children will now be vaccinated.
Dr Deborah Birks (pictured), former head of the US Covid Task Force, told the Mail on Sunday that all gay men in London under the age of 50 should be vaccinated, as well as women who visit gay bars. ‘If you’re in a gay bar and you’re dancing, there’s a risk of infection,’ she said
There are two vaccines that protect against the virus. One, created by a small Danish company, specifically prevents monkeypox. But the decades-old smallpox vaccine also works because the two viruses are very similar.
In the 1970s and 1980s, most people over the age of 50 were thought to be immune to smallpox because of the obligatory bouts of smallpox.
The Mail on Sunday understands the UK has 30,000 vaccines – a combination of the two types – and sexual health clinics last week began inviting some gay men to take them in Japan.
However, experts say a dose of at least 200,000 Japanese yen is needed to prevent monkeypox from reaching children and spreading among them and other vulnerable groups such as pregnant women.
This figure is based on the number of men who are eligible for HIV prevention drugs – those who have an average of two or more male partners every six months and are therefore more likely to contract HIV.
If health authorities can vaccinate this group, experts believe that the disease can be effectively controlled.
Examples of shingles rash that can appear anywhere on the body. More than 1,850 people in the UK are infected with the disease, which causes painful blisters, and numbers double every 15 days. These are mostly seen in gay men
Official estimates suggest that there are 100,000 men eligible for these drugs in the United Kingdom, of which 70,000 are in London, where most of the monkeys have already been diagnosed.
As with Covid, two jabs are needed for the vaccine to be fully effective, meaning the UK cannot currently vaccinate all eligible Britons.
“The health authorities have told us that the current strategy is to take 50,000 of the vaccine, but because we want to give two doses, this means that only 25,000 people will take it and that is not enough,” said Dr. Claire Dewsnap. President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.
Monkey disease is currently affecting this subspecies of Britain, but if cases continue to rise, it won’t stay that way. When it eventually goes to the general public, we’ll need many more vaccines than we can get our hands on.’
According to a study conducted by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium last week, the spread of the virus can occur without any symptoms, so experts believe that there are many cases that are not known.
More than ten percent of Britons infected with the virus have been hospitalized, although this is mainly for pain relief, as the blisters are debilitating, making activities such as eating and going to the toilet very difficult. In people with weak immune systems, like children, the disease can be fatal.
In June, WHO Director-General Theodore Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the continued spread of monkeypox could allow the virus to become established in society and affect ‘high-risk groups, including children, the immunocompromised and pregnant women’.