Monkeypox warning: SECOND patient diagnosed days after potentially fatal virus lands in UK

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

A SECOND case of monkeypox has been confirmed just days after the potentially lethal virus was first recorded in England.

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Health officials revealed a man had tested positive for monkeypox in Cornwall on Saturday.

A second case has now been confirmed in north west England.

The latest patient is being treated by specialists at the Royal Liverpool hospital.

Dr Mike Beadsworth, clinical director of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit at the Royal Liverpool said: “We are treating a patient who has tested positive for monkeypox.

“The patient is being cared for on our specialist infectious and tropical diseases unit, by highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases.”

Monkeypox is usually found in central and west Africa and can cause a range of symptoms, including painful pus-filled blisters and scabs all over the body.

The smallpox-like virus can be fatal in up to 10 per cent of cases, according to the World Health Organisation.

The illness does not spread between people easily and most cases are mild, but Public Health England (PHE) is trying to contact anyone who came into either of the two people infected.

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