Monkeypox: a rare case reported in England, says UKHSA

Smallpox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily among humans, the agency said, describing the overall risk to the general public as “very low”.

“The infection can spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person; however, there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population,” the statement said.

The patient is believed to be infected in Nigeria, the UKHSA reported, before she recently traveled to the UK. He or she is being treated in London by the Infectious Diseases and Isolation Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas ’NHS Foundation Trust.

The CDC is investigating a case of monkeypox in Dallas among travelers from Nigeria

According to the UKHSA, initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

UKHSA said it would contact people “who may have been in close contact with the person to provide them with information and health advice” as a precaution.

Monkeypox is a relative of smallpox, which was eradicated in 1979, but is less portable and less deadly. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The main difference between the symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes swollen lymph nodes while smallpox does not.”

Rodents, including animals kept as pets, and monkeys can carry monkeypox and transmit it to humans. The CDC investigated one case of passengers in Dallas last year.

Forty-seven people in the U.S. were infected with the virus in 2003 in an epidemic followed by a shipment of small mammals from Ghana sold as pets. There was a minor epidemic in Britain in 2018.

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