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Monkeypox in the UK: WHO provides details



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so Follow-up of yesterday’s report The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a case of monkeypox in Wales. Today’s Disease Epidemic News (DON):

On May 25, 2021, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland notified WHO of a case of monkeypox confirmed in the laboratory. The patient arrived in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2021. Prior to the trip, the patient lived and worked in Delta, Nigeria.

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Upon arriving in the UK, the patient remained isolated with his family due to COVID-19 restrictions. On May 10, the patient developed a facial rash. The patient was self-isolated for an additional 10 days and sought medical care to relieve symptoms. The patient was admitted to the referral hospital on May 23. Samples of skin lesions arrived at the British Institute for Public Health Rare and Import Pathogens on May 24. A clade of monkeypox virus in West Africa was confirmed by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on May 25.

On May 29, a family member in which the patient was quarantined developed a lesion clinically consistent with monkeypox and was immediately quarantined in the appropriate facility. Monkeypox was confirmed on May 31st. Both patients are recovering steadily.

What’s New in Nigerian Monkeypox and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

UK health officials have set up an incident management team to implement public health measures such as segregating probands and secondary infections and tracking all close contacts in hospitals and communities.

Two contacts have been followed up for 21 days after the last exposure. Close contacts have never traveled outside the United Kingdom after exposure. No post-exposure vaccinations were provided to contacts.

The information has been shared with the Nigeria National IHR Focal Point to launch an outbreak survey to gather more information on potential sources and exposures in Nigeria.

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