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Second case of Monkeypox confirmed in UK

Public Health England has confirmed a second case of Monkeypox just days after it was first discovered.

The patient has been tested positive at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The person has recently come back from Nigeria where they are believed to have contracted it.

They have been taken to the Liverpool University Hospital for urgent treatment. The first person was confirmed to have been diagnosed in Cornwall had also spent time in Nigeria.

The rare viral infection does not spread easily between humans and most people recover within a few weeks.

PHE said there was no UK link between the patients.

Dr Mike Beadsworth, clinical director of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit at Liverpool University Hospital, said there is no risk to other staff, patients or visitors.

“The patient is being cared for on our specialist infectious and tropical diseases unit, by highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases.”

What is monkeypox? 

  • Monkeypox is a mild self-limiting illness with most people recovering within a couple of weeks.
  • The disease is rare and caused by a so-called monkeypox virus.
  • It can spread if people have been in close contact with another infected but infection is very rare.
  • They include symptoms fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
  • people usually develop a rash on the face then it spreads to other parts of the body the rash will then go and finally form scabs.

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