UK monkeypox case confirmed as authorities issue health warning for killer virus

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Brits have been given a grim health warning following the confirmation of a monkeypox case in the UK.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Saturday that a patient who had travelled into the country from Nigeria, is being treated in hospital with the rare virus.

UKHSA and the NHS are now working together to track down anyone who could have been close enough to the patient to become infected.

Medics at Guy's Hospital in London are treating the monkeypox victim in what is only the sixth time the disease has ever been confirmed in Britain.

UKHSA's Dr Colin Brown has reassured the public that catching monkeypox is not easy but those who sat near the traveller on their flight for example must take the risk seriously.

The Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections said: "It is important to emphasise that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low.

"We are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) to contact the individuals who have had close contact with the case prior to confirmation of their infection, to assess them as necessary and provide advice."

Dr Brown continued: "UKHSA and the NHS have well established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these will be strictly followed."

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