(CNN) – A rare case of monkeypox, or monkeypox, has been diagnosed in a patient in the UK, the UK Health Safety Board (UKHSA) said in a statement Saturday.
According to UKHSA, “the patient had a recent history of travel from Nigeria, where he is believed to have contracted the infection, prior to traveling to the UK.”
The patient is being treated in the infectious diseases and isolation specialist unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
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The British agency added that monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people, calling the overall risk to the general public “very low”.
“The infection can spread when a person comes into close contact with an infected person; However, there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population,” the statement read.
According to UKSHA, early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue.
UKSHA said it would contact people “who may have been in close contact with the individual to provide health information and advice” as a precaution.
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