Two more cases of monkey pox have been confirmed in England

Two more cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.

One of the two people – who live in the same household – is currently being treated in hospital.

The cases, which were confirmed by health chiefs on Saturday, are not linked to the previously confirmed case in England announced on May 7.

Close contacts of the latter two cases will be contacted and information and health advice will be provided “as a precautionary measure,” the UKHSA said.

Health chiefs said it is important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread easily between humans and that the overall risk to the general public remains “very low.”

One of two people who contracted monkey pox is being treated in hospital (PA)

One of the latest cases is being cared for in the infectious diseases ward of St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in London.

The other person is in isolation and does not currently require hospital treatment, the UKHSA said.

The case announced earlier this month involved a person with recent travel history from Nigeria, where they were believed to have contracted the infection, before traveling to the UK.

dr. Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections at the UKHSA, said: “We have confirmed two new cases of monkeypox in England that are unrelated to the case announced on 7 May.

“While studies are still ongoing to determine the source of infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily between humans and requires close personal contact with an infected symptomatic individual. The overall risk to the general public remains very low .

“We are reaching out to potential friends, family or community contacts. We are also working with the NHS to reach out to healthcare contacts who have been in close contact with cases prior to confirmation of their infection, to assess and provide advice as needed.”

What are the symptoms of monkey pox?

The health service said the first symptoms of monkey pox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

It said a rash can develop, which changes and goes through several stages before eventually forming a scab, which later falls off.

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