Rare Monkeypox Case Discovered On UK Commercial Flight
A Nigeria to Britain flight manifest is being pulled after UK health officials discovered a rare case of Monkeypox. Due to the infectious potential of the disease, passengers who flew on the flight are being contacted by health officials.
Monkeypox was discovered in a Nigerian citizen/Nigerian naval officer at the naval base in Cornwall. The person is believed to have been infected with Monkeypox while in his/her home of Nigeria. On Saturday, the person was checked into the Royal Free Hospital in London’s expert infectious disease unit.
Monkeypox does not spread from person to person easily, however, health officials are remaining vigilant in contacting all those on the flight manifest who were potentially exposed to it.
Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said:
“Monkeypox is, in most cases, a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person’s health.
“Most people recover within several weeks. It is a rare disease caused by monkeypox virus, and has been reported mainly in central and west African countries.
“It does not spread easily between people and the risk of transmission to the wider public is very low. We are using strict isolation procedures in hospital to protect staff and patients.”
Monkeypox Facts and Information
Monkeypox primarily derives from central and west Africa in the remote rainforest regions. It typically starts as a headache, fever, backaches and muscle aches, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. It is also possible to have a rash.
The illness was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.
While Monkeypox is similar to Smallpox, Smallpox is much more deadly.
Monkeypox is typically transmitted from primates to humans. However, humans can spread the illness to other humans. Most often, people who handle rats, monkeys and rodents are the most likely to become infected. Additionally, eating undercooked meat from an infected animal can transmit Monkeypox.
The Monkeypox death percentage is up to 10%.
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Author: Jim Satney
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