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 is not easily 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, which often begins 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.

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