Second case of Monkeypox confirmed in Blackpool

Leslie Hanson
September 12, 2018

Monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks with no lasting effects.

It said the virus could be spread by close contact with an infected person, but the risk of transmission to the general population was "very low".

A spokesman said: "The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of a reported case of Monkeypox in the United Kingdom with a travel history from Nigeria".

Over the weekend another person, believed to be a Nigerian Navy officer, became ill on a naval base in Cornwall and was transferred to the Royal Free in London.

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the PHE's National Infection Service, said there was a sustained outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria in September 2017 and sporadic cases continue to be reported.

There was a sustained outbreak in Nigeria past year and there have been sporadic cases reported since then.

The condition was first seen in monkeys used for research in 1958, with the first reported human case in the Democratic Republic of Congo is 1970.

Since then most outbreaks have been in rural regions of the Congo basin and West Africa. In 2003 the first cases outside Africa were confirmed in the US.

PHE said they were contacting a number of people who may have been in contact with the patients, including fellow passengers who traveled with the initial patient on their flight from Nigeria. "The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off".

The second case first presented at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and following a positive test result was transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, an expert respiratory infectious disease centre, where they are receiving appropriate care. People usually recover within a few weeks, though it can lead to serious illness in some cases.

"All necessary precautions are being taken by specialist staff and there is now no risk to other staff, patients or visitors".

Symptoms include fever, headache, aching muscles, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

"We are working hard to contact individuals, including healthcare workers, that might have come into contact with the individual to provide information and health advice".

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