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UK records First Ever Case of Monkeypox

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Public Health England (PHE) has announced that the first case of Monkeypox has been recorded in the UK.

The health agency said:

The patient was staying at a naval base in Cornwall prior to transfer to the expert infectious disease unit at the Royal Free Hospital, London where they are now receiving appropriate care.

The patient is a resident of Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK.

Speaking on the disease, Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said:

Monkeypox is, in most cases, a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person’s health. Most people recover within several weeks.

It is a rare disease caused by monkeypox virus, and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries.

It does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low. We are using strict isolation procedures in hospital to protect our staff and patients.

2 Comments

  1. Mama

    September 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Of course, I knew it would blamed on a Nigerian (African) which is why I opened the post. All infectious diseases must be from Africa, never the west…mtchew

    • Fleur

      September 10, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      But monkeypox has been making its way into Nigeria as an endemic disease because people now Kill and eat monkeys for food and beCos of encroachment into monkey habitats. Let’s embrace our reality so that we can do something positive about it

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