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Doctor issues advice to parents over monkeypox outbreak

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There are now 71 confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in the UK, the UK Health Security Agency said on Tuesday. Experts have advised parents not to worry about their children catching the disease as cases in youngsters are still rare.

Researchers who have been looking into the current outbreak, as well as past cases of the disease, say it is rare in children.

It is more likely that a rash will be down to chickenpox or hand, foot and mouth disease. Dr David Porter, a paediatric infectious diseases consultant at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a parent with a child that might develop a rash, I don’t think parents should be worried about this being…monkeypox at this stage, because we’re seeing a very low number of cases. READ MORE: Medics 'can't access patient files, prescribe or get test results' as huge hospital IT failure becomes 'critical incident' “And in all the previous outbreaks that have occurred outside of Africa over the last few years, we’ve seen very rare numbers of cases in children, so it’s been predominantly in adults anyway.

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