After coronavirus pandemic, now get ready to face monkeypox virus


After the coronavirus pandemic, the risk of another virus has come to the fore. The first case of monkeypox virus has been found in the UK, linked to travel to Nigeria. UK health officials have confirmed a case of monkeypox virus, a virus transmitted from infected animals such as rats to humans.

Britain’s Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) said that monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people. There is usually a mild self-limiting illness. Most people recover in a few weeks. However, in some cases, serious illness may occur.

Dr Kalin Brown, director of clinical and emerging infections at UKHSA, said on Saturday that it was important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread easily between people. The overall risk to the general public is very low. We are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) to contact individuals who had close contact with the case before the infection was confirmed, so that they can be assessed and advised. The UKHSA and the NHS have well established and robust infection control procedures in place to deal with imported infectious disease cases and will be strictly followed.

Dr Nicholas Price, consultant infectious diseases at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital, said the patient is being treated in a specialist isolation unit with strict infection prevention procedures by specialist clinical staff at St. Thomas’ Hospital. As a precaution, UKHSA experts said they are working closely with England’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS). Contact people who may have been in close contact with the person to provide information and health advice. This involves contact with multiple passengers who traveled close to the patient on the same flight to the UK

Symptoms of this virus

Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and tiredness. Often starts on the face. A rash develops, then spreads to other parts of the body. The grains change and go through various stages before eventually forming a crust, which then falls off.

This virus can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person. The virus can enter the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract, or through the eyes, nose or mouth. The NHS said the infection has been traced to infected wild animals in parts of West and Central Africa. It is believed to be spread by rats.

The first case was in 2018

The UKHSA said people without symptoms are not considered to be contagious, but as a precaution those who have been close to an infected traveler are being contacted to ensure they are treated quickly if they become unwell. can be treated with. Since the first case of monkeypox virus was reported in the UK in 2018, very few cases have been confirmed by health officials.


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