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Public Health Wales statement on monkeypox

Updated: 11 August 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Public Health for Public Health Wales, said:
“Public Health Wales is today (11 August) confirming that three additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 40.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”
 

Updated: 4 August 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Public Health for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (4 August) confirming that seven additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 37.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 25 July 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Public Health for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (25 July) confirming that six additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 30.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 21 July 2022

Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (21 July) confirming that one additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 24.  The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.”
 

Updated: 18 July 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Public Health for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (18 July) confirming that three additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 23.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 14 July 2022

Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (14 July) confirming that one additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 20.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 11 July 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Public Health, for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (11 July) confirming that one additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 19.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 7 July 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health Wales said:

“Public Health Wales is today (07 July) confirming that two additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to eighteen.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 4 July 2022

Sue Mably, Consultant in Public Health, for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (4 July) confirming that seven additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to 16.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

 

Updated: 27 June 2022

Sue Mably, Consultant in Public Health, for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (27 June) confirming that an additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to nine.  The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”

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Updated: 22 June 2022 

Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (22 June) confirming that two additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to eight.  The cases are being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patients will be disclosed.”
 

Updated: 16 June 2022

Richard Firth, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said:  

“Public Health Wales is today (16 June) confirming that an additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to six.  The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.”

Updated: 14 June 2022

Dr Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:  

“Public Health Wales is today (14 June) confirming that an additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to five.  The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.”

Updated: 9 June 2022

Dr Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:  

“Public Health Wales is today (9 June) confirming that an additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to four.  The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.”
 

Updated: 6 June 2022

Dr Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:  

“Public Health Wales is today (6 June) confirming that an additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to three.  The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.”

Updated: 3 June 2022

Dr Graham Brown, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (3 June) confirming that an additional case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.  This brings the total in Wales to two.

“We are working with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, and we are ready to respond to cases of monkeypox in Wales.

“The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.

“We are reassuring people that monkeypox does not usually spread easily between people, and the overall risk to the general public is low.  It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, and most people recover within a few weeks.  However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.

“Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.  A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, particularly the hands and feet.  The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

“Everyone is being asked to be aware of the monkeypox symptoms, but it is important that gay and bisexual men are alert as it's believed to be spreading in sexual networks.

“Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body should contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health service if they have concerns.”

Cases of monkeypox in the UK, including in Wales, are reported on the UKHSA website.

 

Published: 26 May 2022

Dr Giri Shankar, Director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is today (Thursday 26 May) confirming that a case of monkeypox has been identified in Wales.

“We are working with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, and we are ready to respond to cases of monkeypox in Wales.

“The case is being managed appropriately.  To protect patient confidentiality, no further details relating to the patient will be disclosed.

“We are reassuring people that monkeypox does not usually spread easily between people, and the overall risk to the general public is low.  It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, and most people recover within a few weeks.  

“Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.  A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, particularly the hands and feet.  The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

“Everyone is being asked to be aware of the monkeypox symptoms, but it is important that gay and bisexual men are alert as it's believed to be spreading in sexual networks.

“Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body should contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health service if they have concerns.”

Cases of monkeypox in the UK, including in Wales, are reported on the UKHSA website.