Monkeypox fears prompt STI clinics to bring social distancing BACK

Sexual health clinics have reintroduced social distancing amid fears about a spate of monkeypox cases in the UK, MailOnline understands.

At least one practice in West London had started implementing tougher infection control measures on Monday, as the total number of British cases rose to seven.

Patients were told to keep a one-metre distance in the waiting room and were asked if they had any unusual bumps or rashes prior to each appointment.

Monkeypox can be mistaken for syphilis or other common rash illnesses like chickenpox, making it difficult to diagnose early. 

A health source told MailOnline the stricter measures were not part of new national guidance but they could not rule out some NHS boards ‘putting in measures locally’. 

Officials at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have…

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