THE UK is winning the fight against monkeypox, a leading infectious disease expert says.
Prof Neil Ferguson called the situation “very positive”, with cases continuing to fall.
He said vaccination and behavioural changes to avoid the infection were probably responsible.
Cases appeared here in May, peaking at 60 a day in mid-July. The UK has had more than 3,500 cases but fewer than 15 new infections a day in recent weeks.
Prof Ferguson’s data was key to the UK going into the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.
“We have to be alert to the possibility that once case numbers are much lower and maybe people are less vigilant, then we could start to see a resurgence,” he told the BBC.
Prof Ferguson said of falling cases: “Vaccination started to be rolled out so that probably had some effect.
“The most likely hypothesis is that there was quite a big change in behaviour in the most affected community.”