Health officials in United Kingdom (UK) revealed that a second person has been identified with the rare and potentially life-threatening infection monkeypox, days after the first ever case in England.
Public Health England (PHE) revealed that the second patient attended Blackpool Victoria Hospital and, following a positive test result, was transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, an expert respiratory infectious disease centre.
The new patient is believed to have picked up the infection while visiting the country and it was diagnosed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital when they returned home and fell ill.
The Deputy Director of PHE’s National Infection Service, Dr Nick Phin, said: “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, however, it is very unusual to see two cases in such a relatively short space of time.”
Clinical director of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Dr Mike Beadsworth, said: “We are treating a patient who has tested positive for monkeypox.
“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.”