Four new cases of monkeypox identified in the UK, bringing total to seven Three cases detected in London and one in north-east, which all appear to have been contracted in the capital

Four more cases of monkeypox have been identified in the UK, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the disease to seven, health bosses have said.

Three of the cases were detected in London, and one in the north-east of England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced on Monday. It is working to find links between the latest four cases, which all appear to have been contracted in the capital.

Those needing care are being treated in specialist infectious disease units at the Royal free hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London, and the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne

The first case was a person who had recently travelled to Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection before travelling to the UK.

The health body is therefore asking these groups “to be alert” to possible symptoms, which include rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.