Randy revellers heading down to Glastonbury this weekend have been warned to spread themselves around the site responsibly due to the threat of Monkeypox.
The infectious disease which can be sexually transmitted has rocketed in the UK in recent weeks, with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) saying yesterday (June 21) that the total number of confirmed UK cases now stands at 793.
As a result, festival-goers have been urged to think about their health and the health of others while at Glastonbury this week.
Thousands of festival-goers are expected to pack out Worthy Farm over the weekend for the duration of the festival which will include a headline set from 80-year-old Paul McCartney.
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The prospect of the debauched festival happening this weekend has prompted the UKHSA to issue a new set of guidelines.
Their fresh warning states: "Festival-goers should also be aware that there is currently transmission of monkeypox in the UK.
"The infection mainly spreads between people through direct (skin to skin) contact, including sexual contact, or close contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with the monkeypox virus.
If you have a rash with blisters, or any other monkeypox symptoms, don’t go to events, meet with friends, or have sexual contact. Instead, stay at home and contact 111 or your local sexual health service for advice.
"If you have been advised to self-isolate, please continue to do so and you should not attend the festival without prior clearance from the relevant health authority."
Monkeypox has been linked to 66 deaths in Central and West Africa, where it is classified as endemic, since the start of the year.
Scientists say it mainly spreads between people through direct, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact.
It can also be spread via contaminated objects such as linen and soft furnishings.
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