| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

England reports case of rare monkeypox infection

A person in England has been diagnosed with a rare viral monkeypox virus that is suspected to be related to travel to West Africa, according to health officials on Saturday.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated in a statement that the case, which included an individual who had recently been to Nigeria, was being treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London’s specialized respiratory infectious disease unit.

“It is critical to underline that monkeypox does not easily transmit between individuals, and the overall risk to the general population is quite minimal,” said Colin Brown, UKHSA’s director of clinical and emerging diseases.

Monkeypox is a rare viral virus that, like human smallpox, was eliminated in 1980. Although monkeypox is far milder than smallpox, with most afflicted persons recovering in a matter of weeks, it can be deadly in rare situations.

  • Reuters