UK’s first confirmed case of monkeypox

On Wednesday afternoon, 11 May, the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) confirmed, in a statement, the first case monkey pox in a country; however, he is already receiving medical care in the infectious diseases unit of the Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.

Although no patient data was provided, health authorities have been in contact with those who came into contact with him, to be able to provide information, health advice and prevent more infections.

The patient is reported to have contracted the disease in Nigeria, the same place where last year, 2021, a man from

also infected.

What is monkeypox and what are the symptoms?

That monkey pox It belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, but causes a milder infection. It is a rare viral disease with a mortality rate of around 1%.

Infected people usually develop a flu-like illness, with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.

You may also have a rash that starts on your face and then spreads to other parts of your body.

The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which then falls off; so monkeypox is said to last between two and four weeks.

How is monkeypox spread?

According to experts, monkey pox The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission is low, but it can be transmitted through contact with an infected person, as the virus is spread through droplets and particles of respiratory, body fluids or contaminated items.

According to the Center for Infectious Diseases, most cases monkey pox they have been reported in central and western Africa, including countries such as the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone.

However, there have been cases outside Africa, which have been linked to international travel or contact with imported animals.

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