Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that a third individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. This person was involved in the care of the case in Blackpool Victoria Hospital before monkeypox was diagnosed (see current note 52/3703). This third case has now been isolated to minimise the risk of onward transmission to others.
PHE are following up with close contacts of this new case to provide advice and monitor their health. They are adopting a highly precautionary approach to minimise the risk of additional cases and are tracing anyone who had contact with this individual 24 hours before they noticed a rash.
Further information on monkeypox and related guidance is available on the PHE website
Information and advice for travellers is available from the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: PHE, 26 September 2018