The patient has been moved to rhe infectious disease centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.
Public Health England (PHE) confirmed an individual had been diagnosed with monkeypox in England.
The patient is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria.
As a precautionary measure, PHE experts are working closely with NHS colleagues are contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice.
This includes contacting passengers who travelled in close proximity to the patient on the same flight to the UK. If passengers are not contacted, then there is no action they should take.
Dr Meera Chand, Consultant Microbiologist at Public Health England, said:
Monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low. We are following up with 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.
This is not the first time that the virus has been detected in the UK. PHE reported the first UK cases of monkeypox in September 2018.
Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people and the risk to the general public in England is very low. It is usually a self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.
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