Second UK Monkeypox Case Confirmed

Tim Locke

September 12, 2018

A second patient has been confirmed to have monkeypox in England just days after the first ever recorded UK diagnosis.

The first patient was a Nigerian national staying at a naval base in Cornwall who is believed to have contracted the infection before travelling to the UK. They're receiving specialist care at London's Royal Free Hospital.

Public Health England (PHE) says the second patient is believed to have become infected with monkeypox during travel to Nigeria.

The patient presented at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and after a confirmed monkeypox diagnosis, was transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital's expert respiratory infectious disease centre.

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Dr Mike Beadsworth, clinical director of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit in Liverpool said: "We are treating a patient who has tested positive for monkeypox. The patient is being cared for on our specialist infectious and tropical diseases unit, by highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases.

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

"We ask that people continue to use our services as normal and that people only come to our emergency department if their condition is serious and/or an emergency."

PHE is reassuring the public that monkeypox is usually self-limiting and the viral infection does not pass easily between individuals – although severe illness is possible.

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director, PHE's National Infection Service, said: "We know that in September 2017 Nigeria experienced a large sustained outbreak of monkeypox and since then sporadic cases have continued to be reported.  It is likely that monkeypox continues to circulate in Nigeria and could therefore affect travellers who are returning from this part of the world, however, it is very unusual to see two cases in such a relatively short space of time. 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."

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