TWO further cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Scotland, Public Health Scotland said.

The announcement brings the number of cases of the virus in the country to three.

The two latest cases are said to be in people with “recent travel history”, according to Public Health Scotland.

They are now being treated in line with nationally agreed protocols and guidance and are receiving “care and treatment appropriate to their condition”.

Public Health Scotland added that close contacts of the affected people were being identified and provided with health information, advice and, where appropriate, a vaccine.

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Dr Nick Phin, medical director at Public Health Scotland, said the agency was working with NHS boards and others “to investigate the source of these infections”.

He said: “We have well-established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with such cases of infectious disease and these are being strictly followed.

“The overall risk to the general public is low.

“Anyone with an unusual blister-like rash or small number of blister-like sores on any part of their body, including their genital area, should avoid close contact with others and seek medical advice if they have any concerns.”

The first cases have also been identified in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Irish deputy prime minister has said it is “inevitable” that monkeypox will be detected in the Republic of Ireland.

The virus is usually found in west and central Africa.

Symptoms are generally mild and the illness is spread through close contact with someone already infected.

Most people recover within a few weeks.

Public Health Scotland said it will continue to work with the UK Health Security Agency to treat emerging cases.