Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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Second patient diagnosed with monkeypox in England

Second patient diagnosed with monkeypox in England

Public Health England (PHE) said the second case, in a person who had recently travelled to Nigeria, was being treated at an expert respiratory infectious disease centre in Liverpool, northern England.

The trust - which runs Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble hospitals - tweeted: "Please be aware that the story being spread in the area that a patient is being treated for monkeypox at the Royal Preston Hospital has been confirmed as FAKE NEWS by LancsHospitals today".

The first case was recorded in Cornwall on September 7, and the patient was a native Nigerian who has since been moved to London's Royal Free Hospital.

Although the disease can be fatal, doctors said that most people recover from the virus "within several weeks".

The second patient initially presented to the Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was transferred to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after testing positive at the beginning of this week.

According to a statement from Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the PHE's National Infection Service, Nigeria faced a sustained outbreak of Monekypox in September 2017 and since then they have seen frequent one off cases.

Public Health England (PHE) said it was unusual to see two cases in such a short space of time and officials were searching for anyone, including medical staff, who had come into contact with either patient, to offer them health advice.

The infection can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised against any restriction on travel in the area at the time as it said there was a "low risk" that global travellers would come into contact with the infection.

The unit has "highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases", he added.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that was first discovered in monkeys in 1958.

"Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from 14 to 21 days".

Cases have been reported in a number of countries in Africa, including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Nigeria.

The initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

It is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals or humans or contaminated materials. People usually recover within a few weeks, though it can lead to serious illness in some cases. We'll collaborate with Public Health England to investigate this case.

There was a sustained outbreak in Nigeria past year and there have been sporadic cases reported since then.

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