England: Not anymore! First human case of monkey virus confirmed in UK

By the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA), the first confirmed monkeypox case in the UK.
According to a statement from the health authorities, the patient reportedly had a recent travel history from Nigeria, where he was suspected of contracting the disease.

The patient is receiving treatment in the infectious disease specialist unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. As a precaution, UKHSA experts are working closely with NHS colleagues and will be reaching out to people who may have been in close contact with the individual to provide health information and advice.

Likewise, UKHSA’s director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, Colin Brown, ensures that the agency has adequate procedures in place to control imported infections and infectious diseases.

“It is important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general population is very low,” he said.

What is monkeypox and what are the symptoms?

monkey pox This is a rare viral infection that doesn’t spread easily from person to person. In general, it is a mild self-limited disease and most people recover within a few weeks.

However, serious illness can occur in some people.

Infection ise can be spread when a person is in close contact with an infected person; However, there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.

Early symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle ache.
  • Back pain.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Shivering.
  • Fatigue.

Rashes can developwhich often starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through different stages before eventually forming a scab, which then falls off.



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