First ever United Kingdom case of deadly Monkeypox discovered in Cornwall

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 9, 2018

The patient is a resident of Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK.

It can pass from human- to-human via droplets in the air, and by touching the skin of an infected individual, or touching objects contaminated by them.

It can cause severe illness in some people, with symptoms including fever, headache, aching muscles, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. As the illness develops large welts can appear over the face and body.

Public Health England has sought to reassure Britons that monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks with no lasting effects.

The patient had been staying at a naval base in Cornwall but was now being treated at the infectious diseases unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Its experts are working closely with NHS colleagues "as a precautionary measure" and will be contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice. It eventually forms a scab which falls off. If passengers are not contacted then there is no action they should take.

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'Most people recover within several weeks.

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

The risk to the wider public is considered to be very low, PHE said.

"We are using strict isolation procedures in hospital to protect our staff and patients", he added.

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at PHE said "well established and robust infection control procedures" were being followed.

Monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo when a nine-year-old boy was diagnosed.

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