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Four more cases of smallpox were detected UHSA

UK Health Agency (UHSA) found 4 additional cases of smallpox, 3 in London and one related case in the North East of England.

4 new cases have no known connection to previous confirmed cases announced May 14 and right announced May 7.

Investigations are underway to establish a link between the last 4 cases that appear to have been infected in London. All 4 of these cases identify themselves as gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Currently, common contacts have been identified in 2 of the last 4 cases.

No connection to the trip to a country where monkeypox is endemic, and where and how they became infected, remains under urgent investigation, including whether they have further links with each other.

All those patients in need of medical care are in special infectious wards at the Royal Free Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne and Geis and St. Thomas. Individuals have a West African treasure of the virus that is mild compared to the Central African treasure.

These recent cases mean that there are currently 7 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK diagnosed between 6 and 15 May.

Due to the recent increase in cases and uncertainty as to where some of these people became infected, we are working closely with NHS partners to determine if there have been more cases in recent weeks, and with international partners to see if there have been similar ups. seen in other countries.

Monkeypox is a viral infection commonly associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild self-limiting disease that spreads through very close contact with a person with monkeypox, and most people recover within a few weeks.

The virus is not easily spread among humans, and the risk to the UK population is low. However, the most recent cases are in gays, bisexuals and others MSM community, and because the virus spreads through close contact, we advise these groups to be wary of any unusual rashes or damage to any part of the body, especially the genitals, and to contact the sexual health service if they have problems.

Anyone who is concerned that they may be infected with smallpox monkeys is encouraged to contact clinics before visiting. We can assure them that their call or discussion will be treated sensitively and confidentially.

Dr. Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor, UHSAsaid:

This is rare and unusual. UHSA promptly investigates the source of these infections because evidence suggests that monkeypox virus transmission may occur in a community that spreads through close contact.

We especially encourage men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact the sexual health service immediately.

We contact any potential close contacts to provide information and health advice.

Clinicians should be alert to individuals with rashes without a clear alternative diagnosis and should seek specialized advice.

Symptoms

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. A rash may develop, which often begins on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body, including the genitals.

The rash changes and goes through various stages and can look like chickenpox or syphilis before a scab is finally formed which later falls off.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Two additional cases of monkeypox have been detected in London

In London, two people were diagnosed with monkeypox, the UK’s health agency (UHSA) confirmed.

Cases live together on the same farm. They are not related to the previously confirmed the case was announced on May 7. Where and how they became infected remains to be seen.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is not easily spread among humans. It is usually a mild self-limiting disease, and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some people.

The infection can spread if someone is in close contact with an infected person, but the risk of infecting the general population is very low.

One case is assistance in the Infectious Diseases Expert Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. Another case is isolation and currently does not require hospitalization.

As a precaution, UHSA The experts work closely with individuals and colleagues from the NHS and will connect with people who may have been in close contact to provide information and advice on health.

People without symptoms are not considered infectious, but as a precaution contact with those who have been in close proximity to people to ensure that in case of ill health they can be treated quickly.

Dr. Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and New Infections, UHSAsaid:

We have confirmed 2 new cases of smallpox in England that are not related to the case announced on 7 May. Although the investigation is ongoing to determine the source of the infection, it is important to emphasize that it is not easily spread among people and requires close personal contact with an infected symptomatic person. The overall risk to the population remains very low.

We contact any potential close contacts of the case. We also work with the Health Service to access all health contacts who have had close contact with patients prior to confirming their infection, to evaluate them as needed and to provide advice.

UHSA and the NHS have well-established and reliable infection control procedures to control cases of imported infectious diseases, and they will be strictly enforced.

Professor Julian Redhead, medical director of the Imperial College of Health NHS Trust, said:

We care for the patient in our specialized department of infectious diseases with high results in St. Mary’s Hospital. All necessary infection control procedures have been performed and we work closely with them UHSA and the NHS of England.

Symptoms

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

A rash can develop that often starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body, especially the arms and legs.

The rash changes and goes through various stages before finally forming a scab that later falls off.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in England

UK Health Agency (UHSA) can confirm that a person has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England.

The patient has a recent history of traveling from Nigeria, where they are believed to have contracted the infection before traveling to the UK.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is not easily spread among humans. It is usually a mild self-limiting disease, and most people recover within a few weeks. However, some people may develop a serious illness.

An infection can spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person; however, there is a very low risk of infecting the general population.

The patient is assisted by the Guy and St. Thomas Foundation’s Infectious Diseases Expert Office in London.

As a precaution, UHSA experts work closely with NHS colleagues and will connect with people who may have been in close contact with the person to provide information and health advice.

This includes contact with a number of passengers traveling in close proximity to a patient on the same flight to the UK. People without symptoms are not considered infectious, but as a precaution, those in close proximity are contacted to ensure that in case of ill health they can be treated quickly. If passengers are not contacted, they should not take any action.

Dr. Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and New Infections, UHSAsaid:

It is important to emphasize that monkeypox does not spread among humans and the overall risk to the population is very low.

We work with the NHS England and the NHS Improvement (NHSEI) to contact individuals who have had close contact with the case prior to confirming their infection to evaluate them as needed and provide advice.

UHSA and the NHS have well-established and reliable infection control procedures to control cases of imported infectious diseases, and they will be strictly enforced.

Dr. Nicholas Price, Director NHSE The Infectious Diseases Network with High Implications (Airborne) and Infectious Diseases Consultant in Guy and St. Thomas said:

The patient is being treated in our specialized department at St. Thomas Hospital by expert clinical staff with strict infection prevention procedures. This is a good example of how the national network of infectious diseases with high consequences and UHSA work closely together to respond quickly and effectively to these sporadic cases.

Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. A rash may develop that often starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through various stages before finally forming a scab that later falls off.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/monkeypox-cases-confirmed-in-england-latest-updates

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