It was last Thursday afternoon when the first case of monkeypox in England was confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
The statement given by the health authorities mentioned that the patient had a history of recent travel from Nigeria, where it is the possible place where he contracted the disease. The patient is receiving medical care through the infectious diseases unit of expertise at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.
Experts from the UKHSA and working in conjunction with NHS staff who are taking precautionary measures are reaching out to people who may have had close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice.
Likewise, the director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA, Colin Brown assured that the agency has the adequate procedures for the control of imported infections and infectious diseases. “It is important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low,” he said.
Monkey virus What is it?
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily from person to person. It is usually a mild self-limited illness, and most people recover within a few weeks. However, serious illness can occur in some people.
The infection can spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person; however, there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.
Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. A rash can develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which then falls off.