Urgent health warning issued after monkeypox case confirmed in the UK.
A case of monkeypox has been identified in a patient who travelled to the UK from Nigeria, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Saturday.
UKHSA is working with the NHS to locate anyone who might have been in close contact with the infected person, including passengers who travelled on the same flight.
United Kingdom | Monkeypox case confirmed in the UK as authorities issue urgent health warning for killer virus
A Monkeypox case has been confirmed in the UK sparking an urgent warning from officials.
The disease is spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a case has been found in Britain in a statement today.
The patient travelled from Nigeria and is now being treated at Guy’s Hospital in London.
UKHSA is now working with the NHS to contact anyone who might have been in close contact to the infected person.
This includes passengers who travelled “in close proximity” on their flight to the UK.
It is the sixth-ever case of the rare disease in the UK after two patients were identified in North Wales in 2021.
In 2018, more than 50 people were warned they may have been exposed to the disease.
An NHS nurse caught the virus while changing the bedsheets of a patient in hospital, blaming “pathetically small” protective gloves.
The disease is extremely rare and is not easily spread between people.
What causes monkey pox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus.
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