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A recent outbreak of the rare monkeypox has sparked “racist and homophobic” reporting that has been condemned by the United Nations.
In England, at least 20 cases of the virus have been detected by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) since 6 May, predominantly in gay and bisexual men.
the virus is passed via close contact or through contact with clothing or linens used by a person infected with monkeypox.
A statement said: “A notable proportion of early cases detected have been in gay and bisexual men and so UKHSA is urging this community in particular to be alert.”
Since the cases have come to light, the United Nations’ AIDS agency has claimed that some reporting about the virus in relation to African people and the LGBTQ+ community, “reinforce homophobic and racist stereotypes and exacerbate stigma”.