Third Case Of Monkeypox Confirmed In The UK

Discussion in 'Environment and Science' started by classic33, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. classic33

    classic33 Senior Member

    Staff at a hospital where two people have been diagnosed with monkeypox have been offered the smallpox vaccine to protect against the disease.

    A healthcare worker and a patient she cared for at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have both been infected, Public Health England (PHE) confirmed.

    She is the third person in England to be diagnosed with the disease.

    The hospital trust said it had put staff who could have been exposed to it on "active surveillance" for symptoms.

    The first two cases had been patients who had separately spent time in Nigeria.

    Marie Thompson, director of nursing at the trust, told the BBC Local Democracy Reporter Service the virus was "along the lines of chickenpox".

    "Symptoms are flu-like and you get a rash, but people recover within a few weeks.

    "We have seen [surveillance] is working in that the staff member was picked up early and is getting correct treatment."

    She added the hospital had been offered the smallpox vaccine so if staff developed symptoms it would make it a milder illness.

    It comes as claims that the healthcare worker - who is being treated at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle -caught the virus changing bedding because the "pathetically small" NHS gloves failed to protect her.

    Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been approached for comment but is yet to respond to the allegation.

    The disease was first diagnosed in the UK in a patient staying at a naval base in Cornwall.

    PHE said there was no link between the first two patients, who are being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London and the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

    Initial tests showed the virus was "consistent" with the Nigerian strains of the West African clade which is less severe, it added.
  2. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    It sounds like a rather nasty illness. But at least it doesn't appear to be fatal. That is one good thing.
  3. OP

    classic33 Senior Member

    No known treatment, though the smallpox vaccine is often used to vaccinate against it.

    Initial symptoms include fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles and a general listlessness.

    Once the fever breaks a rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, most commonly the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

    The rash, which can be extremely itchy, changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off. The lesions can cause scarring.

    The infection usually clears up on its own and lasts between 14 and 21 days.
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