Two more cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced.
One of the two – who live in the same household – is currently being treated in hospital.
The cases, confirmed by health bosses on Saturday, are unrelated to the previously confirmed case in England announced on May 7.
Close contacts of the latest two cases are being contacted and given health information and advice “as a precaution”, the UKHSA said.
Health bosses said it was important to stress that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public remains “very low”.
One of the latest cases is being cared for at the Infectious Diseases Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London.
The other person is in isolation and does not currently require hospital treatment, the UKHSA said.
The case announced earlier this month involved a person who had recently traveled from Nigeria, where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before traveling to the UK.
Dr Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections at UKHSA, said: “We have confirmed two new cases of monkeypox in England which are unrelated to the case announced on May 7.
“Although investigations are underway to determine the source of the infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily between people and requires close personal contact with a symptomatic infected person. The overall risk to the general public remains very low.
“We are contacting all potential friends, family or contacts in the community. We are also working with the NHS to reach out to all healthcare contacts who have been in close contact with cases before their infection was confirmed, to assess them if necessary and provide advice.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
The health agency said early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
He said a rash can develop, which changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-14 09:16:21