Patient treated for monkeypox in isolation at London hospital | british news

A patient is being treated in a specialist unit in London after being diagnosed with monkeypox, a rare viral infection.

The person had recently traveled to Nigeria, where they are believed to have contracted the disease, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Saturday. They are being treated in an isolation unit in the infectious disease ward at Guy’s and St. Thomas.

Although monkeypox can be spread during close contact with an infected person, the agency said it didn’t spread easily and most people recovered within a few weeks.

As a precaution, the UKHSA said its experts are working closely with the NHS and will contact those who may have had close contact with the person, including some passengers who were on the same flight.

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Early monkey pox symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. A rash can also develop, usually starting on the face before spreading to other parts of the body. The rash progresses through several states until it forms a crust that falls off.

dr. Colin Brown, director of clinical and emerging infections at the UKHSA, said:“It is important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread easily between humans and the overall risk to the general public is very low.”

He added: “UKHSA and the NHS have established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious diseases and these will be strictly followed.”

dr. Nicholas Price, Director of the NHSE Network for High Impact Infectious Diseases (Airborne) and Adviser on Infectious Diseases at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “The patient is treated in our specialist isolation unit at St Thomas Hospital by expert clinical staff with strict infection prevention procedures.”

The NHS said the infection could be contracted from infected wildlife in parts of West and Central Africa and was believed to be spread by rodents.

Monkey pox has only been diagnosed in a few people in the UK, all of whom had either traveled to West Africa or been in close contact with someone who had done so.

According to Public Health England, monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when outbreaks of a “smallpox-like disease” were found in monkeys in captivity for research. The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Since then, most cases have been reported from the DRC and Nigeria, but there are also a handful of cases further afield.

In 2003, cases were recorded in humans and prairie dogs as pets in the US after rodents were imported from Africa.

In December 2019, a patient was diagnosed with monkeypox in England, which PHE says was the fourth case diagnosed in the UK since the first imported cases the year before. There have also been cases in Israel and Singapore.

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