UK confirms case of monkeypox in traveller from Nigeria

NEWS DIGEST – The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed a new case of Monkeypox disease from a patient who travelled from Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Government of the United Kingdom through its official website on Saturday.

“Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people, it’s usually a mild self-limiting illness, and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals,” UKHSA explained.

Dr Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA said “It is important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low”.

“We are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) to contact the individuals who have had close contact with the case before confirmation of their infection, to assess them as necessary, and provide advice,” Dr Brown said.

“The initial symptoms of Monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion.

“A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body,” UKHSA said.

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