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UK designates monkeypox as a notifiable disease

LONDON — The UK Health Security Agency said monkeypox would be designated as a notifiable infectious disease from Wednesday (June 8), meaning doctors in England will have to notify local authorities when they suspect a patient has the virus.

UK designates monkeypox as a notifiable disease

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968.

LONDON — The UK Health Security Agency said monkeypox would be designated as a notifiable infectious disease from Wednesday (June 8), meaning doctors in England will have to notify local authorities when they suspect a patient has the virus.

"Rapid diagnosis and reporting is the key to interrupting transmission and containing any further spread of Monkeypox," Dr Wendi Shepherd, Monkeypox incident director at UKHSA, said in a statement.

"This new legislation will support us and our health partners to swiftly identify, treat and control the disease." REUTERS

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