Health officials say another 15 cases of monkey disease have been reported in the UK.
As of June 2, the total number had risen to 214, most of them in London.
Since the beginning of May, at least 550 cases of smallpox have been reported worldwide, most of them in the UK.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the number of cases observed so far could be the tip of the iceberg.
But experts say the threat to the public remains “low.”
The UK’s Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) said the virus had so far been detected in most communities.
It is known that in most cases it is gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (GBMSM). There were only two cases in women.
The UKHSA said today: “Anyone can be infected with smallpox in monkeys.
“Currently, most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual, or have sex with men, so it’s important to know the symptoms if you’re in these groups.”
The main symptoms of smallpox include fever, chills, and muscle aches similar to the flu, followed by smallpox-like rashes.
Baking turns into painful blisters before scabies and is contagious until the scabies subsides.
The UKHSA said that if people develop rashes and have been in close contact with a person with smallpox for the past three weeks, they should contact a sexual health clinic.
Links to dating apps
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it may be more prevalent among people in the gay community because they go to sexual health clinics when they have symptoms.
But in a report released Wednesday night, the UKHSA said there had been instances of dating apps and bars being used mainly by gays.
“Current research has linked it to gay bars, saunas and dating apps in the UK and abroad,” it said.
“Investigations are ongoing, but no factor or exposure has been identified in connection with the case.”
Researchers at the new study, released Thursday, also noted “links to indoor sex, private sex parties and geospatial dating apps in the UK and abroad.”
The study, published in the journal Eurosurveillance, studied monkeys in the UK and divided patients into three groups.
Many were from Africa, another was a household, and a third was unrelated to travel or previously confirmed.
Of the 79 people in the third group, all were male, and the majority (66) were identified as gay, bisexual, or men who had sex with men.
Smallpox is endemic in some parts of Africa, making it a regular occurrence and affecting about 9,000 cases a year.
However, it is extremely common in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and other parts of the world.
Experts say there is now evidence of community infection in the UK.
It may have been spreading in non-endemic cases “under the radar” for some time, the WHO said.
While health groups are racing to find people infected with the virus by searching for contacts, one expert said it can be difficult to “eliminate it”.
According to John Edmund, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the fact that so many infections are “increasing around the world” indicates that there is a “problem”.
“You can’t get rid of it in a day,” he told The Independent.
“It takes months of really hard work to drive out and eradicate all infections and contacts. It will take some time. ”
In most cases, chicken pox is a mild disease and is self-limiting. No casualties were reported from the current epidemic.
Symptoms of smallpox
Symptoms may include – according to UKHSA and previous medical reports:
4. Low back pain
7. Night sweats
8. Symptoms such as colds, such as congestion and runny nose
9. Lymph nodes become swollen
10. Swelling of the hair
The complications of the disease are documented as follows:
12. Low mood
13. Severe pain