This site is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.

England reports case of rare monkeypox infection

Date:

Share post:

A person in England has been diagnosed with a rare viral monkeypox infection thought to be linked to travel to West Africa, health authorities said at the weekend (May 7).

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said in a statement the case, in a person who had recently traveled to Nigeria, was being treated at an expert respiratory infectious disease unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.

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

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection similar to human smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980. Although monkeypox is much milder than smallpox, with most infected people recovering within a few weeks, it can in rare cases be fatal.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Current Issue March 2024

Related articles

Superdrug to open 25 new high street stores this year

The opening of new Superdrug stores is anticipated to generate over 500 jobs nationwide Superdrug is bolstering its physical...

New Hospital Scheme delays drain millions monthly from ‘scarce’ NHS funds, trust leaders warn

Trust leaders are calling on the next government to commit to constructing 40 new hospitals in England by...

NHS virtual wards set to slash waiting times, prevent 178k admissions in next 2 years

Under the new NHS virtual wards scheme, hospitals to be incentivised for prompt care, with 12-hour A&E target In...

Pharmacist Support: Trainee pharmacists get set to ACTNow for mental health awareness ahead of GPhC assessment

Pharmacist Support's annual mental health awareness campaign offers vital support ahead of GPhC assessment and registration transition Trainee pharmacists...