Pride festival in Gran Canaria that was attended by 80,000 people is linked to Spanish monkeypox cases as well as two cases in Italy - while European reaches a total of 100 known cases
- Maspalomas Pride has become the second focus of the outbreak in Spain
- More than 100 cases of monkeypox have now been reported across Europe
- The UK Health Security Agency has said a notable proportion of recent cases in Britain and Europe have been found in gay and bisexual men
- There are 20 confirmed cases in the UK, and more cases in nine other countries
Germany and Belgium today became the latest nations to declare monkeypox cases, while and Australia announced patients had tested positive overnight.
A disproportionate number of cases are in gay and bisexual men, authorities have said. Health chiefs say the pattern of transmission is ‘highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks’.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said: 'It is important to be particularly vigilant if you returned from overseas from large parties or sex on premises venues overseas.
'You can imagine that some settings, such as sex on premises venues or other events and gatherings may lead to sort of what we’ve seen as super spreading events.
‘It is important that people who have recently returned from Europe who attended such parties be particularly alert given the worldwide case reports today.’