2 new monkeypox cases confirmed in London - UK health officials
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed 2 new cases of Monkeypox in London, one hospitalized and the other self-quarantined.
Two new monkeypox cases have been confirmed in London; however, they are not linked to the previous case that was recorded a week ago, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
The UKHSA reported on May 7 a monkeypox case in a patient who lately traveled from Nigeria.
"The cases live together in the same household. They are not linked to the previous confirmed case announced on 7 May. Where and how they acquired their infection remains under investigation," the health agency said in a statement.
The UKHSA statement noted that one of the infected patients is receiving medical care in a London hospital, while the other does not need to be hospitalized and is in self-quarantine.
The agency will cooperate with the medical workers of the National Health System to reach out to those who might have been exposed to the disease and offer them the necessary medical recommendations and assistance.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease transmitted to humans from animals, with 1% to 10% lethality. Among people, the disease is not spread easily, but it may have complications. It predominantly occurs in Central and West Africa and causes swelling of the lymph nodes and a widespread rash on the body.