On 25 May 2021, UK public health authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two cases of monkeypox in North Wales. The first case arrived in the UK on 8 May 2021, in an individual who had lived and worked in Delta State, Nigeria, where monkeypox is known to occur. On 10 May, the individual developed a rash while self-isolating, and was admitted to hospital on 23 May. On 29 May, a family member living with the individual also became unwell and was admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with monkeypox. Both individuals are now recovering, while public health authorities advise that all necessary precautions have been taken and the risk to the public is low.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that has been reported mainly in central and west African countries, with five cases having been imported into the UK since 2018. Most infections result from direct contact with infected animals, primarily primates and rodents, although person-to-person transmission can occur. Symptoms in humans usually begin with fever and a flu-like illness, followed by the development of a skin rash.
Information and advice for travellers is available from the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: TRAVAX, 14 June 2021