NHS warning as deadly MONKEYPOX diagnosed in UK for first time ever

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2018

A rare viral infection is unsafe to humans and reached the Royal Navy in Cornwall from London, where the infected came from Nigeria.

The disease, called monkeypox, was diagnosed in a person staying at a naval base in Cornwall, England, according to a statement issued Saturday (Sept. 8) by Public Health England, the United Kingdom health agency investigating the case. Symptoms of the virus normally begin to experience a fever, headache, backache, muscles aches, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, and chills.

"It is important to emphasise that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low", said Nick Phin, PhD, the deputy director of the National Infection Service at PHE.

This includes contacting a number of passengers who travelled in close proximity to the patient on the same flight to the UK.

The Royal Free Hospital's Clinical Director of Infection, Dr Michael Jacobs, said: "Monkeypox is, in most cases, a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person's health". As a precaution, experts are working closely with the NHS and will be contacting 50 people who might have been in close contact with the patient and offer health advice and information.

"It is a rare disease caused by monkeypox virus, and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries".

People infected with monkeypox can spread the disease to others, mostly through "large respiratory droplets" that are expelled when a person coughs, sneezes or talks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "In fact, it's rather hard to spread", said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, who is not involved with the United Kingdom case. The public health institute adds that in Africa, where cases often go untreated, the disease "has been shown to cause death in as many as one in ten persons" who contract it.

Even though it's called "Monkeypox", most animals carry the virus.

Monkeypox was first discovered in crab eating Monkeys in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1958 by a scientist called Preben von Magnus.

"But there is a very low risk of it being transmitted to the general population, so the public should not worry". The rash usually starts as blisters or raised bumps, filled with pus and later get crusty, scab, and fall off. The incubation period for human illness is usually 10 to 14 days.

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment or vaccines available for monkeypox infection, but health experts can give the person infected prescribed medicine to treat any pain or fever.

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