Three cases detected in London and one in north-east, which all appear to have been contracted in the capital

Four more cases of monkeypox have been identified in the UK, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the disease to seven, health bosses have said. 

Three of the cases were detected in London, and one in the north-east of England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced on Monday 

It is working to find links between the latest four cases, which all appear to have been contracted in the capital. 

Common contacts have been established between two of the four people who have caught the virus. 

Those needing care are being treated in specialist infectious disease units at the Royal free hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London, and the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

The cases do not, however, seem to be connected to the previous confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK announced on 14 May, nor the first UK case announced on 7 May

The first case was a person who had recently travelled to Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection before travelling to the UK. 

UKHSA added that all four of the most recent cases are men who identify as gay or bisexual.