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No monkeypox cases on Island

Public Health says risk remains low

No cases of monkeypox have yet been recorded on the Isle of Man.

However Public Health is warning people to be alert - even though the risk remains low. 

Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa and is spread by very close contact with someone who has it. 

Anyone with unusual rashes, or lesions, on any part of their body is advised to contact the Isle of Man Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) sexual health clinic if they have concerns or consult their GP.

Glenn Blacker, head of health protection at Public Health, said: "We are monitoring the situation closely. 

"Up to now there have been over fifty cases of monkeypox detected in the UK and we are not aware of cases on the Isle of Man to date.

"Investigations are underway in the UK to establish links between cases."

People can contact the sexual health clinic by calling 650710.

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