Two Nigerian travellers import monkeypox into UK

GETTY FEARS A second case of monkeypox has been detected in the UK. File

GETTY FEARS A second case of monkeypox has been detected in the UK. File

A second case has now been confirmed in north west England.

The patient, who had travelled to Nigeria, arrived at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with symptoms of the disease, Public Health England (PHE) said.

Following his diagnosis, he was taken to a specialist unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Most people who contract the disease typically recover within a few weeks, but in about 10% of cases it can be fatal.

However there is "no United Kingdom link" between the two patients, PHE said.

They have since been moved to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where there is an expert respiratory infectious disease centre, for treatment.

Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said in most cases it disappears on its own and patients have no long-term health effects.

"We know that in September 2017 Nigeria experienced a large sustained outbreak of monkeypox and since then sporadic cases have continued to be reported", he said.

It is likely that monkeypox continues to circulate in Nigeria and could, therefore, affect travellers who are returning from this part of the world.

He added that although the overall risk to the general public is very low, it is odd that two cases arose in such a short period of time.

Symptoms usually appear within five and 21 days of infection. "We are working hard to contact individuals, including healthcare workers, that might have come into contact with the individual to provide information and health advice", he said. This then forms skin lesions that scab and fall off.

They have advised people to look at an article on the government website regarding Monkeypox - after one person in Cornwall and one person in Blackpool were diagnosed.

"All necessary precautions are being taken by specialist staff and there is now no risk to other staff, patients or visitors".

Monkeypox was first identified in monkeys by scientists in a laboratory in 1958.

These include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

Cases have been reported in a number of countries in Africa, including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Nigeria.

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