Two more people have been diagnosed with “monkey pox” in London, the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed.
in England earlier this month.
Viral infection is similar to human smallpox and usually causes a mild illness, with most people recovering within a few weeks.
One of the last people tested positive is being treated at the Infectious Diseases Unit at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. Health officials said they had launched an investigation into how the cases stuck.
They also confirmed that people who may have had close contact with the two had been informed and given health tips.
What is “monkey pox”
Viral infection usually causes a mild illness and most people recover within a few weeks and is similar to human measles.
Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain and exhaustion. However, some people can become seriously ill.
The disease can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person, but there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.
Dr Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections at the UK Health Insurance Agency, said: “The UKHSA and the NHS have established and robust infection control procedures for cases of imported infectious disease and will be strictly adhered to.” p>
According to Public Health England, monkey pox was first discovered in 1958 when outbreaks of smallpox appeared in monkeys kept for research.
The first human case was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On December 3, 2019, a patient was diagnosed with smallpox in England and two more cases were reported in Israel in 2018 and Singapore in 2019.
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