Minister Addresses Ongoing Monkeypox Worries: 'Cautious, Not Concerned'

  Simon Clarke speaking to Sky News about monkeypoxThe government is monitoring themonkeypox outbreak but is currently “not concerned”, according to minister Simon Clarke. The chief secretary to the Treasury was responding to the public worries around the recent uptick in cases now there are80 cases across 12 countries. The rare viral infection usually does not spread easily between humans, but is common in parts of West and Central Africa. There were only three UK cases reported in 2021, one in 2019 and three in 2018. On Monday, Clarke told Sky News: “As with any new disease, and after the Covid pandemic, doubly-so, we continue to monitor this very, very closely. ?I think I would say I’m cautious but I’m certainly not concerned about our ability to handle the situation. “Crucially there is a vaccine available which works for monkeypox, and all the evidence is that it’s spread by physical contact. “That being the case, the risk of community transmission is much lower. We have a workin .. Full story on huffingtonpost.co.uk 

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