Nigerian Records First Ever Case Of Monkeypox In UK

Leslie Hanson
September 12, 2018

It doesn't easily spread between people, and the risk of transmission to the public is low, he added. It is related to smallpox and chickenpox and was first identified in 1958 among laboratory monkeys. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks.

PHE and the NHS are contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with the patient, as monkeypox can be spread by human-to-human contact, the Daily Express reports.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) website: "Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe".

It's been a month full of virus' and disease outbreaks, that have made us want to quarantine ourselves in our home.

The affected individual, who is a resident of Nigeria, is believed to have contracted the infection before coming to the UK.

Nigeria experienced a fresh outbreak of the disease in October of 2017.

Monkeypox, which causes chickenpox-like lesions, is fatal in up to 10 per cent of cases. Monkeypox can be spread when someone is in close contact with the infected animal or person The virus enters the body through the respiratory tract, broken skin, or the mucous membranes, such as your eyes, mouth or nose.

Person-to-person transmission can occur if somebody used the bedding or towel of an infected person, comes into direct contact with a skin lesion, or is exposed to droplets from a patient coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of the virus normally begin to experience a fever, headache, backache, muscles aches, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, and chills. The lesions progress to become small, fluid-filled blisters before scabbing over and falling off.


'Most people recover within several weeks.

Although the illness may be uncomfortable, for the most part, it's a very mild disease, Schaffner told Live Science.

The patient travelled to London from Nigeria on 2 September and anyone who has not been contacted yet from that flight is advised no further action is required.

'Public Health England is following up those who have had close contact with the patient to offer advice and to monitor them as necessary.

Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said: "It is a rare disease caused by monkeypox virus, and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries".

He was then transferred to the Royal Free Hospital, London on Saturday following confirmation of Monkeypox on Friday.

The patient is now being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The body has not revealed whether the patient is a member of the military or confirmed gender.

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