A rare case of monkey pox has been confirmed in England, health officials said.
The viral infection usually causes mild illness and most people recover within a few weeks and is similar to human smallpox.
The first symptoms are fever, headache, muscle aches, backache and exhaustion.
However, serious illness can occur in some individuals.
The patient found with monkey pox recently traveled to the UK from Nigeriawhere they are believed to have contracted the infection.
The person is being cared for at the expert infectious diseases unit of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
According to the NHS, monkeypox is mainly spread by wildlife in parts of West or Central Africa and the risk of contracting it in the UK is very low.
The infection can be spread through close contact with an infected person, but there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population.
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dr. Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “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”.
According to Public Health England, monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when outbreaks of a smallpox-like disease occurred in monkeys kept for research.
The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On December 3, 2019, a patient was diagnosed with monkey pox in England and two other travelers were diagnosed in Israel in 2018 and Singapore in 2019.