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Government monitoring Monkeypox spread

UK figure tops 2,600

The Government working group in the Isle of Man set up to coordinate a response to the global spread of Monkeypox, is continuing to monitor the situation.

Numbers in the UK are rising steadily with around 2,600 cases reported there so far.

As part of its brief the government working group is making preparations should we see cases on the Island.
The UK is increasing its stocks of Monkeypox vaccine and earlier this week took delivery of another 100,000 doses.

The Manx Government does hold some vaccine supplies, which are held specifically for front line health staff or for confirmed cases of the virus.

The working group is looking at the possibility of providing vaccinations to those most at risk in the community, though no decision has been made to start the process at this stage.

Most of the reported cases of Monkeypox in the UK so far, have been among men who have sex with men.

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