Three cases of monkeypox have been confirmed for the first time in England.
The first case was confirmed in a patient who was staying at a naval base in Cornwall. The patient is a Nigerian resident and is believed to have contracted the disease before travelling to the UK. This is the first time monkeypox has ever been diagnosed in the UK.
The second individual was diagnosed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and had no link to the first case but had travelled to Nigeria where they are believed to have acquired the infection. The third person was involved in the care of the Blackpool case before monkeypox was diagnosed
In each case the patients have been isolated on diagnosis and precautionary measures have been put in place for those who have been in close contact with each individual.
Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director, National Infection Service at PHE, said: ‘It is important to emphasise that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low.
‘We know that in September 2017 Nigeria experienced a large sustained outbreak of monkeypox and since then sporadic cases have continued to be reported. It is likely that monkeypox continues to circulate in Nigeria and could, therefore, affect travellers who are returning from this part of the world.’
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