Two more cases of monkeypox have been recorded in the UK. As the health authority UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced on Saturday, there is no connection with a recently known case. Two people from one household are affected. One is being treated in a hospital, the second person is in isolation at home. Possible contact persons have been informed, it said.
It was initially unclear where the two patients got infected. The health authorities had already reported a case of monkeypox last week. At the time, it was said that the sick person was probably infected in Nigeria and then traveled to Great Britain.
Rare viral disease
According to the UKHSA, the rare viral disease usually causes only mild symptoms, but can also have severe courses. Only symptomatic patients with close contact are contagious. The authority estimates the risk for the general population to be low.
Symptoms include a rash that first appears on the face and then primarily affects the hands and feet.