Two more people in England have been confirmed to have monkeypox, a rare viral infection. Reported by the UK Health Safety Agency.
The individuals are living together in the same house, but have nothing to do with the previous case, which was announced on May 7.
In two new cases, the agency added, one was being treated at St Mary’s Hospital in London and the other was in isolation.
According to the NHS, monkeypox is a rare viral infection that most people recover from within a few weeks.
But it can be serious. It usually starts with influenza-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes. It then becomes a widespread rash on the face and body.
The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) reported on May 7 that a man who had recently traveled to Nigeria had contracted the infection.
Monkeypox causes a rash, which can be very itchy, it goes away and goes through various stages before it finally forms a crust – Photo: GETTY IMAGES / BBC
They are believed He contracted the disease in Nigeria before moving to the UK.
Colin Brown, director of clinical and emerging infections at the UKHSA, said the two new smallpox cases were not related to the case announced on May 7.
“As investigations continue to determine the source of the infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily among people and requires close personal contact with the infected person who is symptomatic,” he said.
“The overall risk to the public is very low.”
Brown said the agency is reaching out to “any potential friends, family or community contacts” and “treated health care professionals.”
The initial symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, lymph nodes, tremors, and fatigue.
A rash may develop, which usually starts on the face before spreading to other parts of the body. It then forms a falling crust.
According to the Public Health Agency, the British government’s public health agency, monkey pox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but some develop serious illnesses.
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