Second case of Monkeypox confirmed in Blackpool

Desiree Burns
September 12, 2018

According to the report published on its website, PHE said both patients are believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before travelling to England, and were diagnosed days apart.

The second patient is being treated in a specialist infectious disease unit at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, after being transferred from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Most patients recover within a few weeks and do not need treatment, but it can cause severe illness in some people.

Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said: "We are using strict isolation procedures in hospital to protect our staff and patients".

"So, just to reassure those who have not yet realised this post is actually a (bad) joke, WE ARE NOT treating any individual for monkeypox at Royal Preston Hospital".

'However, it is very unusual to see two cases in such a relatively short space of time.

It was recorded for the first time in the USA in 2003 and the United Kingdom in September 2018.

An outbreak occurred in America in 2003 after rodents were imported from Africa.

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Besides medical staff, PHE said it was trying to contact passengers who were near the first patient on the flight to the UK.

"The patient is being cared for on our specialist infectious and tropical diseases unit, by highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases", he said.

Symptoms usually appear within five and 21 days of infection.

"A rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body". It eventually forms a scab which falls off. As its name suggests, the monkeypox virus is closely related to those that cause smallpox, cowpox, and horsepox.

"We are working hard to contact individuals, including healthcare workers, that might have come into contact with the individual to provide information and health advice", he said.

'All necessary precautions are being taken by specialist staff and there is now no risk to other staff, patients or visitors.

"We'll collaborate with Public Health England to investigate this case". And like they do with other members of the Orthopoxvirus genus, monkeypox infections in humans onset with the characteristic flu-like symptoms of fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.

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