And the British Health Security Agency said the latest two cases of “monkeypox” involved two people living in the same house, and said it was conducting an investigation to find out how they contracted the virus.
One of the injured is being treated in a specialist infectious disease unit at a hospital, while the other is being isolated at home, according to Reuters.
“While research is underway to determine the source of the infection, it is important to ensure that it does not spread easily between people and requires close personal contact with an infected person who is showing symptoms,” Colin says. Brown, the agency’s director. clinical and emerging infectious diseases.
“The risk to public health remains very low,” he added.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease similar to smallpox in humans.
The World Health Organization defines monkeypox as “a rare disease that occurs mainly in remote areas of Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests”.
Although the symptoms are much milder than those of smallpox, with most people recovering within weeks, it can be ‘fatal in rare cases’.
The Health Security Agency said the infection discovered last week belonged to a person who had recently traveled to Nigeria, where he was believed to have contracted the infection, before returning to Britain.
Monkeypox in humans was first discovered in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a 9-year-old boy who lived in an area where smallpox had been eradicated in 1968.
The first cases of the disease outside of Africa were recorded in 2003, in the Midwestern United States.