CASES of monkeypox have risen by close to 40 per cent, new data has revealed.

As of June 20, there are 793 confirmed infections in the UK, up from 574 reported on Friday - a rise of 38 per cent

Of these cases, 766 are in England, 18 are in Scotland, three are in Northern Ireland and six are in Wales.

In recent weeks around 2,103 cases have been detected globally, the most recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) states.

Anyone can get the illness - more so if you have been in contact or had sexual contact with a person who has symptoms.

Where gender information has been accessible, 99 per cent of cases have been confirmed to be in male  

“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.