Extremely Rare Case Of Monkeypox Confirmed By Government

The United Kingdom Government has confirmed a case of Monkeypox in their region and has issued warnings about the rare, but potentially deadly disease on Saturday.

The patient is receiving medical care and is under observation in a specialized infectious disease unit at The Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, in London. Individuals infected with this rare form of Monkeypox are likely to suffer symptons such as “fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion,” according to the government.

“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,” the statement said.

The hospital is said to have imposed “strict infection prevention procedures,” and the government has cautioned about the potential severity of this illness, but has indicated that there is a “very low risk of transmission to the general population.” This singular case has been traced back to the patient’s recent trip to Nigeria, where it is believed they contracted the disease.

Dr. Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA, has indicated that “monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low,” the government noted.

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