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Monkeypox cases have increased in Nottinghamshire despite infections falling across the country.

The infections, 13 were in Nottingham, and 15 were spread across the rest of Nottinghamshire. In the same period,

Monkeypox is a rare infection most commonly found in west and central Africa. It typically causes a rash that starts as raised spots which turn into blisters filled with fluid.

It can also cause flu-like symptoms including muscle aches, joint pain, a headache, backache, exhaustion, swollen glands, and a high temperature. In most cases,

The symptoms clear up within a few weeks, but, in some people, it can lead to medical complications.

It can be passed on through close physical contact by touching bedding or towels used by an infected person, or by the coughs or sneezes of someone suffering from monkeypox.

The virus is not a sexually transmitted infection - and is mostly caught through close physical skin-to-skin contact, the reason why it can spread to sexual partners.

However, the spread of the disease appears to be slowing in the face of a vaccination programmer.

Across England there were 19 new cases discovered between October 4 and October 11, down from 49 between September 20 and September 27. Infections peaked at 350 new cases per week in July.

It comes after 70,000 vaccines were rolled out to NHS clinics around the country, with another 80,000 due to be supplied soon.

But the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) - which is coordinating the response to the outbreak in the UK - has faced criticism recently from the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

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