The first case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Cornwall today (Thursday).

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) South West is not naming the individual that has tested positive but says that the person is self-isolating.

There are now 524 cases across the UK.

Dr Ruth Milton, senior medical advisor at UKHSA, said: "The risk to the general public from monkeypox is still low, but it’s important that we work to limit the virus being passed on.

"We remind people that they should be alert to new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body.

"If anyone suspects they might have these, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner, they should limit their contact with others and contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service as soon as possible, though please phone ahead before attending in person."

The agency says that anyone can get monkeypox, particularly if they have had close contact, including sexual contact, with an individual with symptoms.

The majority of current cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men.

Anyone with a rash with blisters who has either been in close contact with a person who has or may have monkeypox, or has visited West or Central Africa in the past three weeks is being advised to contact a sexual health clinic.

They should not go to a sexual health clinic without contacting the centre staff first but should stay at home and avoid close contact with other people until they've been told what to do.

UKHSA health protection teams are contacting people considered to be high-risk contacts of confirmed cases and are advising those who have been risk assessed and remain well to isolate at home for up to 21 days.