(ORDO NEWS) — British doctors have identified a single case of human infection with a new strain of monkeypox. This was reported by The Guardian on Friday, citing the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
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According to preliminary information, the infected person, who was taken to the Royal University of Liverpool Hospital, recently made a trip to one of the countries in West Africa.
The UKHSA noted that in this case we are talking about a strain that is not characteristic of the “outbreak observed in the UK.”
At the same time, as the newspaper pointed out, it is not entirely clear from the agency’s message whether this is a really new strain of monkeypox or one that was previously known, but did not occur precisely during the current surge in the incidence.
In total, as of early September, 3.4 thousand cases of monkeypox infection were detected in the UK. Most of them are men who have had same-sex sexual contacts.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, mainly transmitted to humans from wild animals (rodents, primates). Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the case fatality rate for monkeypox outbreaks is typically between 1% and 10%, with the majority of deaths occurring in younger age groups.
According to the WHO, timely vaccination against smallpox in 85% of cases provides protection against infection with the monkeypox virus. In previously vaccinated people, the disease is milder.
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