MONKEYPOX experts from Nigeria are lending a hand to British health officials as they work to prevent a pandemic.
Doctors diagnosed the first ever case of the deadly virus in Cornwall last week.
Public Health England said monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but it can cause severe illness in some people – with anywhere between 1-10% dying.
But officials at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control are stepping in to help investigate the case.
A spokesman said: “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of a reported case of Monkeypox in the UK with a travel history from Nigeria.
“We will continue working with all our partners to strengthen our surveillance system. ”
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
“We’ll collaborate with Public Health England to investigate this case. We reassure Nigerians of our capacity to diagnose & manage Monkeypox cases.
“We will continue working with all our partners to strengthen our surveillance system, protect the health of all Nigerians and ensure global health security.”
Symptoms include fever, headache, aching muscles, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
A rash can also develop, usually starting on the face before spreading to other parts of the body. It eventually forms a scab which falls off.
Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said: “Monkeypox is, in most cases, a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person’s health.
“Most people recover within several weeks.
“It is a rare disease caused by monkeypox virus, and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries.”