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UK Monkeypox: Second Person Found with Potentially Lethal Virus

Health officials have warned a second person has been identified with the rare and potentially life-threatening infection monkeypox, just days after the first ever case in England was identified in Cornwall. The infections are thought to be unrelated and Public

Health officials have warned a second person has been identified with the rare and potentially life-threatening infection monkeypox, just days after the first ever case in England was identified in Cornwall.

The infections are thought to be unrelated and Public Health England (PHE) is trying to contact anyone who might have come into contact with either of the patients, who have both recently visited Nigeria.

The new patient is believed to have picked up the infection while visiting the country and it was diagnosed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital when they returned home and fell ill.

Health officials said infection is usually mild and the condition does not spread easily, but severe cases can be fatal and the patient has been transferred to a specialist infectious disease unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

“We know that in September 2017 Nigeria experienced a large sustained outbreak of monkeypox and since then sporadic cases have continued to be reported,” said Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of PHE’s National Infection Service.

“It is likely that monkeypox continues to circulate in Nigeria and could therefore affect travellers who are returning from this part of the world, however, it is very unusual to see two cases in such a relatively short space of time.”

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