Monkey pox outbreak
The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined monkeypox constitutes a global health emergency, calling it a “public health emergency of international concern” due to a multi-country outbreak.
Globally, there have so far been 16,016 monkeypox cases – 4,132 of which were in the past week, according to WHO data. It is now in 75 countries and territories and there have been five deaths.
Anyone can get monkey pox. Most cases so far have been in gay men or people with multiple sexual partners however this could change and cases are going up in the community in general.
To help lower your chances of catching monkeypox, the CDC strongly recommends these important steps:
Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people with a rash that looks like monkeypox.
Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
General health recommendations apply as well: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when in a public setting. To be safe, avoid close contact with others and reduce skin-to-skin contact.
For more information about monkey pox visit our website
What do I do if I suspect i have monkeypox?
All cases currently managed by sexual health clinics and not GPs:
You should call a sexual health clinic for an appointment if you have a rash with blisters and have either:
been in close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they’ve not been tested yet) in the past 3 weeks
been to west or central Africa in the past 3 weeks
Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people, including sharing towels or bedding, until you’ve been told what to do.
Call the sexual health clinic before visiting. Tell the person you speak to if you’ve had close contact with someone who has or might have monkeypox, or if you’ve recently travelled to central or west Africa.
The closest sexual health clinics to Ludlow are as follows:
Sexual Health Services 4 HerefordshireAddress 15 St Owens Street Hereford Herefordshire HR1 2JB
01432 483693 or 0800 7720478
Worcetershire Integrated Sexual Health WISH
Address Kidderminster Health Centre Bromsgrove Street Kidderminster Worcestershire DY10 1PG
Phone 01562 514512
Open Clinic – Severn Fields Health Village
Address Sundorne Road Shrewsbury Shropshire SY1 4RQ
For other clinics follow the link