Two more people were diagnosed with monkeypox, a rare viral disease, in the United Kingdom, reported the British Health Security Agency.
The two people live together in the same household, but have not been involved in a preliminary case announced on May 7.
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Of the two new patients, one was receiving care at St Mary’s Hospital in London and the other was isolated, the agency added.
Monkey is a rare viral disease that most people recover within a few weeks, according to the NHS.
But it can be very likely. It usually starts with flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes. Later it develops with a rash that spreads to the face and body.
The United Kingdom Health Agency (UKHSA) announced on May 7 that a man who had recently traveled to Nigeria had contracted the virus.
The monkey causes a rash, which can be very irritating, which changes and goes through different stages before forming the crust – Photo: GETTY IMAGES / BBC
they are trusted he contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to the UK.
Colin Brown, director of health and emerging infections at UKHSA, said the two new cases of smallpox were not linked to the case announced on May 7.
“As research continues to determine the source of the infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily among people and requires close contact with the person with symptoms,” he said.
“The overall risk to the public is still very small.”
Brown said the agency was in contact with “any friends, family or people they could contact in the community” and “health professionals who treated” the two new cases.
Early symptoms of the monkey include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, inflammation of the lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue.
A rash can also occur, which usually begins on the face before it spreads to other parts of the body. It then forms a collapsing crust.
Public Health in the UK, a public health agency of the British government, said the monkey does not spread easily and many patients recover within a few weeks, but can cause serious illness in some people.