Tuesday 21 June 2022

East Riding Public Health officials are asking local residents to be aware of the symptoms of Monkeypox as infection rates continue to rise across the country. They told Beverley FM that although the disease is still rare, the public should be vigilant. It presents with a rash, predominantly on the face, which then spreads and can be mistaken for Chicken Pox as it goes through similar stages before finally forming scabs. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. Spread is by close physical contact or touching infected bedding, towels or clothing. It’s now a notifiable disease and The UK Health Security Agency told us that while they can confirm cases in Yorkshire and the Humber, they are not releasing specific data for Beverley or East Yorkshire. Contact tracing and home isolation is being used and medics are now looking at the potential use of Smallpox vaccine where appropriate. You can read more on the Government website here

Local businesses are being encouraged to enter this year’s Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards, better known as the REYTAs. They honour the very best, from major visitor attractions and events to hotels and accommodation providers, restaurants, pubs, cafes, food retailers and producers. Organisers told us they’re open to all tourism businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire, large and small, and entry is free. Applications are easy to complete and can now be completed online by visiting www.reytas.co.uk  They added that East Yorkshire continues to establish itself as one of the top choices for visitors from outside our region. Read more here