Health officials announced on Saturday that a person in England has been diagnosed with a rare viral monkeypox virus believed to be linked to travel to West Africa.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated in a statement that an individual who had recently visited Nigeria was being treated at an expert respiratory infectious disease unit at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
“It is crucial to emphasise that monkeypox does not spread easily between individuals and that the overall risk to the general public is modest,” said Colin Brown, director of clinical and emerging diseases at UKHSA.
Monkeypox is a rare viral virus that resembles the 1980-era eradication of smallpox in humans. Although monkeypox is significantly milder than smallpox, with the majority of affected individuals healing within a few weeks, it can be fatal in rare situations.