Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. The patient is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria and is receiving treatment in London.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries. It does not spread easily between people and the risk to the general public is considered very low. While usually a self-limiting illness with most people recovering within a few weeks, severe illness can occasionally occur in some individuals.
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, 4 December 2019