Monkeypox UK MAPPED: FOUR more cases of infectious disease in England – ‘this is rare’

Monkeypox UK MAPPED: FOUR more cases of infectious disease in England – ‘this is rare’

Four new cases of monkeypox virus have been detected in parts of the UK, with patients currently being treated in specialist infectious disease units. Three of the cases are in London, and the fourth is in Newcastle.

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser, UKHSA, said: “This is rare and unusual.

“UKHSA is rapidly investigating the source of these infections because the evidence suggests that there may be transmission of the monkeypox virus in the community, spread by close contact.

“We are contacting any potential close contacts of the cases to provide health information and advice.”

What is monkeypox?

The NHS defines monkeypox as “a rare infection mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa”.

The risk of catching it in the UK is very low.

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body including the genitals.

The rash changes and goes through different stages and can look like chickenpox or syphilis, before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

The UKHSA said: “It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.

“The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk to the UK population is low.”

Published at Mon, 16 May 2022 17:07:00 +0000