Monkeypox Cases Showing Up In The UK

Currently, one more person in the UK has a case of the monkeypox. It was days ago that the first case was announced from Cornwall.

According to reports, officials believe that both cases came about from the patients visiting Nigeria recently. However, other than that, there is no relation between the instances.

Officials were sure to stress the fact that there was no UK link between both patients. Also, that though the disease is contagious, not to worry, especially if they have not been in contact with either patient.

Monkeypox is on the rare side when it comes to diseases, and does not spread quickly from person to person. Information from the World Health Organization website says that the disease is mild, and occurs in remote parts of West and Central Africa. Though the virus lives in animals, humans can contract the virus as well.

Two Cases Of Monkeypox In The Uk

Dr. Nick Phin, deputy director of Public Health England’s National Infection Service, believes that as the disease continues to circulate throughout Nigeria, those traveling to the are susceptible to getting it. Even so, he says that it is rare for two travelers not traveling together to both have the virus.

Those who do contract monkeypox may notice symptoms two weeks after exposure. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, and headaches.

Afterward, patients may experience a rash on their face and torso. Symptoms can occur anywhere from 2 weeks to a month before recovery. Currently, Public Health England is trying to contact anyone who may have been in contact with either of the two patients.

The first patient is from Nigeria. However, he was staying in Cornwall at a naval base. According to Dr. Mike Beadsworth, clinical director of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit at Royal Liverpool University, their unit is handling the patient with much care.