2 more cases of monkeypox virus confirmed in England

Where and how the two new cases acquired their infection is under investigation.

Where and how the two new cases acquired their infection is under investigation.

Two people have been diagnosed with the monkeypox virus in London, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Saturday.

The cases are from the same focus and are not linked to a previous infection confirmed by the agency last week, which had been linked to recent travel history to Nigeria where they allegedly caught it.

Where and how the two new cases acquired their infection is under investigation.

“We have confirmed two new cases of monkeypox in England which are not linked to the case announced on May 7,” said Dr Colin Brown, director of clinical and emerging infections at UKHSA.

“Although investigations are underway to determine the source of the infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily between people and requires close personal contact with a symptomatic infected person. The overall risk to the general public remains very low,” he said.

The UKHSA said it is contacting any friends, family or potential contacts in the community and is also working with the National Health Service (NHS) to contact any healthcare contacts who have been in close contact with the cases before. confirmation of their infection, to assess if necessary and give advice.

“The UKHSA and NHS have well-established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these will be strictly followed,” Brown added.

One of the cases is receiving care at the Infectious Diseases Expert Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. The other case is in isolation and does not currently require hospital treatment.

“We are caring for a patient in our severe infectious disease unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. All necessary infection control procedures have been followed and we are working closely with UKHSA and NHS England,” said Professor Julian Redhead, Medical Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people. It is usually a mild, self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks.

However, serious illness can occur in some people. The infection can spread when a person is in close contact with an infected person, however, experts believe there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.

Early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.

A rash may develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, especially the hands and feet.

The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

It can spread when a person is in close contact with an infected person. The virus can enter the body through damaged skin, the respiratory tract or through the eyes, nose or mouth.

The NHS said the infection could be caught by infected wild animals in parts of West and Central Africa and would be spread by rodents.

The UKHSA said people without symptoms are not considered contagious but, as a precaution, those who have been in close proximity to infected patients are being contacted to ensure that if they do feel unwell they can be treated quickly.

The very first recorded occurrence of the monkeypox virus in the UK was in 2018, and since then a handful of cases have been confirmed by health authorities.

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