A case of monkeypox has been recorded for the first time in the United Kingdom, a Nigerian was identified as the primary source of the infection.
Guardian UK reported that the rare viral infection was discovered on Friday where a Nigerian is staying at a naval base in Cornwall.
The Public Health England, PHE, announced that the patient was transferred to the Royal Free hospital, infectious disease unit on Saturday in London.
They added that the patient is believed to have contracted the infection while in Nigeria before travelling to the UK.
PHE said it is working with experts in the NHS as a precautionary measure, trying to contact people who were on the same flight with the patient. The gender of the patient is yet to be identified.
A statement by the PHE read: “People without symptoms are not considered infectious but, as a precaution, those who have been in close proximity are being contacted to ensure that if they do become unwell they can be treated quickly.”
PHE said monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but it can cause severe illness in some people. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, aching muscles, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
Newsbreak.ng reports that the disease mostly occurs in Central and West Africa. It was first identified in 1958 among laboratory monkeys. The first cases in humans were found in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.