Health chiefs have confirmed that two more cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in England.
One in two people – living in the same household – is treated at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London.
The UK Health Security Agency said the latter was isolated and did not currently require hospital treatment, and officials said they were investigating where and how the couple became infected.
According to UKHSA, close contacts are contacted in the last two cases and are offered information and health advice “as a precautionary measure”.
Health chiefs said it was important to emphasize that smallpox does not spread easily among humans and that the overall risk to the general public remains “very low”.
The cases confirmed by health chiefs on Saturday are unrelated to a previously confirmed case in England announced on May 7.
The patient had a recent travel history from Nigeria, which is thought to have been infected, before traveling to the United Kingdom.
They received care from the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Two cases of “rare” monkeypox disease have been confirmed in the United Kingdom
But what are the symptoms of infection?
Here’s everything you need to know:
What are the symptoms of monkey pox?
According to the NHS, the first symptoms of smallpox are as follows:
The rash usually appears 1 to 5 days after the first symptoms. The rash often starts on the face, then spreads to other parts of the body.
How long do the symptoms last?
The symptoms of monkey pox usually disappear within 2 to 4 weeks.
How is chickenpox treated?
If you have chickenpox, you will usually need to stay in a specialist hospital so that the infection does not spread to other people and your symptoms can be treated.
The treatment of monkeypox aims to alleviate the symptoms. The disease is usually mild and most people recover in 2 to 4 weeks.
How does smallpox spread?
The NHS says the infection can be caught from infected wildlife in parts of West and Central Africa.
It is thought to be spread by rodents such as rats, mice and squirrels.
You can catch smallpox from an infected animal if it bites you or touches its blood, body fluids, spots, blisters or scabs.
Smallpox may also be able to be caught by eating meat from an infected animal that has not been thoroughly cooked, or by touching other products from infected animals (such as animal skin or fur).
Catching smallpox from a person infected with them is very unusual, but it is possible to become infected from:
– touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with a chickenpox rash
– touching blisters or scabs of smallpox monkeys
– coughing or sneezing of a person with a chickenpox rash