Monkeypox case confirmed in United Kingdom

Monkeypox is not the type of thing that you should use as an excuse to get out of work or a date.

After all, monkeypox is a very rare viral infection that can spread from person-to-person via close contact and could result in severe illness, even death.

That’s why someone being diagnosed with monkeypox in England has prompted the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to issue an announcement on Saturday.

Monkeypox case confirmed in United Kingdom

The UKHSA tends to reserve such announcements for significant news that the public should be aware of rather than things like, “Person has pimple, can’t go to prom.”

The infected person is currently under isolation and receiving treatment at the expert infectious disease unit at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ National Health Services (NHS) Foundation Trust in London, England.

The UKHSA didn’t release any details about the person’s sex or age, but presumably the person is human. The UKHSA is also working with the NHS to identify anyone who has been in close contact with the infected patient.

This includes people who were on the airplane with the person when that individual returned to the U.K. from Nigeria recently. Most likely, the person caught the monkeypox virus in Nigeria since cases are quite rare outside the continent of Africa.

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