2 more cases of monkeypox virus confirmed in England

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

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

Monkeypox virus has been diagnosed in two people in London, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Saturday.

The cases come from the same household and are not linked to a previous infection confirmed by the agency last weekwhich have been associated with recent travel history to Nigeria, where they are believed to have grabbed it.

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

“We have confirmed two new cases of monkeypox in England that are unrelated to the case announced on May 7,” said Dr. Colin Brown, UKHSA Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections.

“While studies are still ongoing to determine the source of infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily between humans and requires close personal contact with an infected symptomatic individual. The overall risk to the general public remains very low “, he said.

UKHSA said they are reaching out to potential friends, family or community contacts and are also working with the National Health Service (NHS) to reach out to healthcare contacts who have been in close contact with the cases prior to confirmation of their infection. to assess where necessary and give advice.

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

One such case is receiving care from the expert infectious disease department at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. The other case is isolated and does not currently require hospital treatment.

“We are caring for a patient in our high-impact infectious disease specialist 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 disease and most people recover within a few weeks.

However, some people may experience serious illness. The infection can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person, but experts believe that the risk of transmission to the general population is very low.

The first symptoms of monkey pox are fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

A rash can 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 several stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

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

The NHS said the infection could be contracted from infected wildlife in parts of West and Central Africa and was believed to be spread by rodents.

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

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

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