The first technical briefing on the disease by the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) includes details of 45 confirmed cases, who were asked about their sexual health. The report “highlighted the challenges” in controlling the outbreak, Telegraph reported.
Around 20 in 45 also said they had witnessed ‘on-site sex’, such as in saunas, darkrooms or sex clubs in the UK or overseas during the incubation period, while around 64 % have met new partners through dating apps, according to the report. said.
“Traditional contact tracing as a primary control intervention in this specific group will be challenging as most cases reported having had sexual contact with new or casual partners, sometimes in the context of cruise venues or during the chemsex, often when contact details were not available for search,” the report said.
As of June 12, the UKHSA had detected 104 more cases of monkeypox in England, bringing the total number confirmed in the UK to 470 with 452 cases in England, 12 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and four in Wales.
The UK outbreak is currently classified as Level 2, meaning transmission is confined to a sub-population with close contacts, but the report says health officials were monitoring the situation closely to find any Level 3 evidence – the stage before full community transmission, the report said.
“We are working, both in the UK and with global partners, to advance the investigations we need to help us better understand the virus, its transmission and the best use of mitigation measures such as vaccines. and treatments,” Dr Meera Chand, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA, said in a statement.
“We are rapidly using new data to inform the public health response and we continue to work to reduce transmission.
“We are grateful to everyone who came forward for testing and to patients who continue to help us understand the outbreak by participating in studies and surveys,” she added.