UK identified extremely rare infectious disease case, contact tracing
According to The GuardianUKHSA is working closely with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to contact the patient’s contacts, including some of the passengers traveling with him on the flight back from Nigeria.
The UK has not recorded any monkeypox cases for a long time and this is also a very rare disease in the world. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.
Some patients may also develop a smallpox-like rash on the body, appearing on the face and then progressing to other areas, under different conditions until it forms a scab and then falls off on its own.
Where a patient with monkeypox in the UK is being isolated and treated – Photo: ST THOMAS HOSPITAL
“It is important to emphasize that monkeypox is not highly contagious between humans and the overall risk to the community is very low.” The Guardian quoted Dr. Colin Brown, clinical director and Infectious Diseases emerging of UKHSA.
According to Dr Brown, UKHSA and the NHS have robust and well-established infection control procedures in place to deal with imported cases of infectious disease. These procedures will be strictly followed.
Dr Nicholas Price – director of the airborne infectious diseases network (NHSE) and advisor to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – said the patient was being treated at the unit. Specialized isolation by professional clinical staff and strict infection control procedures.
Previously, only a small number of cases of monkeypox have been reported in the UK, all of which were imported after travel from West Africa. The disease was discovered in 1958 in monkeys kept in captivity for research; while the first human case was identified in the Congo in 1970.
Most human cases have been reported in Congo and Nigeria, but there are also some cases in the US, UK, Israel and Singapore.
According to the radio RT, an outbreak of monkeypox that occurred in 2003 from the US, is believed to have originated in a pet store that sold small rodents imported from Ghana. Although monkeypox is milder than smallpox – a disease that has been eradicated since 1980 – the mortality rate in Africa can be as high as 10%, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC).
The NHS and CDC said that this viral disease still has no specific treatment, but mainly patients are treated symptomatically. Smallpox vaccine is thought to be able to prevent monkeypox as well.
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