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Monkeypox: Britain's third case confirmed by Public Health England at Blackpool hospital | Daily Star Monkeypox: Heathcare worker is third UK case of disease
Celia Hoffman | 28 September, 2018, 21:32

A healthcare worker has become the third person to be diagnosed with monkeypox in England.

The individual was involved in the care of a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital earlier this month, before they were known to be carrying the infection, Public Health England (PHE) said.

They are believed to have contracted the infection in Nigeria before travelling to the UK.

Earlier this month, two people were reported to have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the United Kingdom in unrelated cases, with both having contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to England.

PHE previously said there was "no United Kingdom link" between the first two patients.

Public Health England previously said there was "no United Kingdom link" between the first two patients, but the latest case is a healthcare worker who was involved in caring for the second patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital before they were known to be carrying the infection.

PHE said monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but it can cause severe illness in some people.

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It's an extremely rare disease, and is zoonotic, so is normally seen in animals.

The latest diagnosis has come from Blackpool, where a case has already been identified.

The three cases are the first reported outside of Africa since a 2003 outbreak linked to imported African rodents caused 47 cases (37 confirmed) in the United States.

The first person to be diagnosed, a Nigerian national, was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London after being diagnosed while staying at a naval base in Cornwall.

"The fact that only one of the fifty contacts of the initial monkeypox-infected patient has been infected shows how poorly infectious the virus is." commented Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham".

PHE previously said it was also trying to contact passengers who were near the first patient on the flight to the UK. It is thought to be the first case of the virus spreading within the UK.

"We are adopting a highly precautionary approach to minimise the risk of additional cases and are tracing anyone who had contact with this individual [the Blackpool patient] 24 hours before they noticed a rash".

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