Two more cases of monkeypox found in UK

Two more cases of monkeypox found in UK

Two more cases of monkeypox have been detected in the United Kingdom, health authorities have said.

Nine cases in total have now been confirmed since 6 May, all of them in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) added.

The latest six are expected to have spread within the country as those most recently infected have no travel links to countries where monkeypox is endemic.

Health officials are investigating links between the infected people. The most recent two are not known to have any connections with earlier cases.

On Monday, the UKHSA reported four cases - three in London and one in northeast England.

As a typically mild, self-limiting disease which does not easily spread, the risk posed to the general population is low, UKHSA said.

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

Monkeypox is a disease usually linked to west Africa. The first case of the recent series was detected on 6 May in a person who had recently returned from Nigeria but, since subsequent cases were found without travel links, health officials think the virus is now likely spreading within Britain.

Monkeypox was first detected in the UK in 2018 when three people contracted the virus after a man travelled back from Nigeria. But the virus first emerged in a human in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970 and has since been detected in 11 central and west African countries.