Second case of monkeypox found in UK

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2018

Public Health England said the patient is now receiving treatment at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a specialist centre.

According to the report published on its website, PHE said both patients are believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before travelling to England, and were diagnosed days apart.

A spokesman said: "The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of a reported case of Monkeypox in the United Kingdom with a travel history from Nigeria".

There was a sustained outbreak in Nigeria a year ago and there have been sporadic cases reported since then.

"However, it is very unusual to see 2 cases in such a relatively short space of time".

"We'll collaborate with Public Health England to investigate this case. We therefore encourage any healthcare worker that suspects a case of Monkeypox, to reach out to their State Epidemiology team for appropriate action".

Symptoms usually appear within five and 21 days of infection. This then forms skin lesions that scab and fall off.

Monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks with no lasting effects.

The second patient initially presented to the Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was transferred to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after testing positive at the beginning of this week.

"The patient is being cared for on our specialist infectious and tropical diseases unit, by highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases", he said.

"All necessary precautions are being taken".

"We ask that people continue to use our services as normal and that people only come to our emergency department if their condition is serious and/or an emergency".

He noted that a Technical Working Group coordinated by NCDC and comprising partners from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) and other agencies, meet weekly to ensure coordination. While similar to smallpox, it is not as deadly.

The illness has been reported mainly in central and west African countries.

The initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

Humans can catch monkeypox through direct contact with animals, such as handling monkeys, or eating inadequately cooked meat. The disease requires two people to be in close contact in order to be passed between them.

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