NHS warning as deadly MONKEYPOX diagnosed in UK for first time ever

A WARNING has been issued after doctors diagnosed the first ever case of deadly monkeypox in the UK.

The rare viral infection was recorded on Friday in Cornwall. 

The patient is believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before travelling to the UK. 

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.

Initial 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.

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“It does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low.

“We are using strict isolation procedures in hospital to protect our staff and patients.”

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at PHE, said: “PHE and the NHS have well established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported and infectious disease and these will be strictly followed to minimise the risk of transmission.”

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