More than 100 cases of monkeypox have now been identified in Ireland, according to latest figures from Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

A total of 101 cases have now been reported, an increase of four from the 97 reported last Wednesday.

In a statement this afternoon, the HPSC said public health officials are following up those who had close contact with each case while they were infectious.

"Public health risk assessments have been undertaken, and those who were in contact with the cases are being advised on what to do in the event that they become ill," the statement read.

The condition, which has long been endemic in parts of west and central Africa, is an uncommon viral infection that produces a spotty, itchy and sore rash and sometimes a fever.

Last week, Director of the National Immunisation Office Dr Lucy Jessop said that there has been a relatively stable number" of new monkeypox cases being identified each week.

Speaking to RTÉ's News at One, Dr Jessop said that the number of cases is "not increasing at an alarming rate".

Last month, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a "public health emergency of international concern," its highest alert level.

Adam Shanley, Programme Manager at HIV Ireland's MPOWER scheme, said the announcement is "not an insignificant event".

The MPOWER scheme develops resources and services to support the sexual health of gay and bisexual men.

Mr Shanley said there is "still an opportunity to bring this outbreak to an end, with a robust and rapid vaccination plan for those at risk".

"We continue to call on Government to prioritise procurement of enough vaccine to protect all of those who would benefit," he said.

"At MPOWER, we are developing support services and resources for those who have acquired monkeypox and those who are at risk of acquiring it while we await a vaccine plan," Mr Shanley added.