First ever United Kingdom case of deadly Monkeypox discovered in Cornwall

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                    A general view of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead London where a patient diagnosed with monkeypox is being treated

PA Archive PA Images A general view of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead London where a patient diagnosed with monkeypox is being treated

A Nigerian national is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London after being diagnosed with the rare viral infection while staying at a naval base in Cornwall.

The disease, called monkeypox, was diagnosed in a person staying at a naval base in Cornwall, England, according to a statement issued Saturday (Sept. 8) by Public Health England, the United Kingdom health agency investigating the case. Early signs of infection of Monkeypox include fever, severe headaches, back pain and muscle pain is emphasized in the world health organization (who).

Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, told the BBC that Monkeypox "does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low".

A Nigerian naval officer who came to the United Kingdom to take part in the exercises of the Ministry of defence (MOD) on the basis of the Royal Navy in Cornwall, was infected with a bad disease - Monkeypox.

The Public Health England (PHE), who made the announcement, said the patient was transferred to the infectious disease unit at the Royal Free hospital in London on Saturday morning.

As a precautionary measure, PHE experts are working closely with the NHS and will be contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice. Both health departments have well established and robust infection control procedures, that deal with cases of imported infectious diseases and are following strict rules to minimize the risk of transmission. Monkeypox is transmitted when a person comes in contact with an infected animal or person, or contaminated material. Most individuals can recover within several weeks.

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However, there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.

Since then, the majority of cases have been reported in rural areas of the Congo and western Africa. Avoid contact with sick or dead animals, especially those that may have a virus such as monkey, squirrel, giant rats and some other rodents.

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

The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually seven to 14 days, but can range from five to 21 days. There is no cure for the disease, but the smallpox vaccine has been used prophylactically in small outbreak settings.

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