Monkeypox is a rare viral infection, with most cases of the virus reported in Africa. It is not easy to spread among people and the risk to the general public in the UK is very low. But while it is usually a self-limiting disease and most people recover within a few weeks, some individuals can suffer from serious illness and it can be fatal.
The case of chickenpox in the UK has been confirmed in England and it is believed that the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria.
Public Health England (PHE) said the patient was staying in southwest England before being transferred to the high-consequence infectious disease center at the NHS Foundation Trust of Guy and St Thomas in London, where they are receiving adequate care. .
As a precaution, PHE specialists are now working closely with NHS colleagues to implement rapid infection control procedures, including contacting people who may be in close contact with the individual to provide health information and advice. .
This includes contacting passengers traveling close to the patient on the same flight to the United Kingdom.
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If passengers are not contacted, there will be no action they should take.
Dr. Meera Chand, Consultant Microbiologist at Public Health England, said in a statement: “Chickenpox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low.
“We are accompanying those who have had close contact with the patient to offer advice and monitor them as needed.
"PHE and NHS have well-established and robust infection control procedures to deal with imported infectious disease cases and will be strictly followed to minimize the risk of transmission."
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This is not the first time the virus has been detected in the UK.
PHE reported the first cases of chickenpox in the UK in September 2018.
There were a total of three cases of chickenpox in the UK that month.
The first two occurred in people traveling from Africa and the third person was a healthcare professional who took care of one of the first two cases.
“During the disease, the rash changes from raised red bumps to liquid-filled spots. The spots eventually form scabs that then fall off. "
How chickenpox spreads
Although chickenpox does not spread easily between people, it can be caught by touching items such as clothing, bedding or towels worn by an infected person.
People may also get the virus by touching chickenpox spots or scabs or if a person with chickenpox rash coughs or sneezes near you.
Treatment for chickenpox aims to relieve symptoms and occurs in specialized hospitals.