A rare disease has caught public attention in the UK after two people were diagnosed with monkeypox recently, Public Health England (PHE) has now confirmed.
Both patients are believed to have contracted this rare zoonosis – transmitted to humans from animals – in Nigeria before traveling to England and were diagnosed days apart.
The first UK case was diagnosed in Cornwall in a patient who had also spent time in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the second patient is being treated at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, after being transferred from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
“It is very unusual to see two cases in such a relatively short space of time. We are working hard to contact individuals, including healthcare workers, that might have come into contact with the individual to provide information and health advice,” Nick Phin, the deputy director of the National Infection Service at PHE told media.
“We know that in September 2017, Nigeria experienced a large sustained outbreak of monkeypox,” he added. “It is likely that monkeypox continues to circulate in Nigeria and could, therefore, affect travelers who are returning from this part of the world.”