Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Person diagnosed with monkeypox in England after visiting Nigeria

A person is being treated for monkeypox in England, a rare viral infection similar to the eradicated disease smallpox, public health authorities have confirmed.

Public Health England (PHE) says monkeypox is not very transmissible and the patient is not thought to pose a risk to other people. He or she – their identity has not been revealed – is thought to have contracted it during a visit to Nigeria.

PHE is getting in touch with people who may have been in contact with the patient as a precautionary measure, including those who travelled to the UK on the same flight. It says they will be given appropriate advice and be monitored if necessary.

“Monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low. We are following up with those who have had close contact with the patient to offer advice and to monitor them as necessary,” said Dr Meera Chand, consultant microbiologist at PHE.Monkeypox cases put UK's tropical disease response to the test

“PHE and the NHS have well established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these will be strictly followed to minimise the risk of transmission,” she said.

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