Public Health England (PHE) revealed that a Nigerian national is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London after being diagnosed with Monkeypox while staying at a naval base in Cornwall.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.
The patient was transferred to the infectious disease unit at the hospital on Saturday morning. They are believed to have contracted the infection in Nigeria before travelling to the UK.
Clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, Dr Michael Jacobs, said: “Monkeypox is, in most cases, a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person’s health. Most people recover within several weeks.
“It is a rare disease caused by monkeypox virus, and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries.
“It does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low. We are using strict isolation procedures in hospital to protect our staff and patients.”
Deputy Director, National Infection Service at PHE, Dr Nick Phin, 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.
“Public Health England is following up those who have had close contact with the patient to offer advice and to monitor them as necessary.
“PHE and the NHS have well established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these will be strictly followed to minimise the risk of transmission.”