Two cases of Mackenzie have been identified in North Wales, public health officials have confirmed.
Public Health Wells (PHW) says the initial case has been seized abroad and both cases have been found in two people from the same family.
One person is currently being treated in a hospital in England, health officials said.
On Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that the UK was currently facing an outbreak of monkey monkeys.
Speaking at the Health and Social Selection Committee, he said: “As health secretary, you have been doing all these outbreaks to date – I’m currently dealing with monkeys and drug-resistant TB, and it’s very standardized. ”
In a statement, PHW said: “Public Health Wales and Public Health England are controlling two cases of imported monkeypox in North Wales.
“The index case was acquired abroad and both the cases are members of the same family. Both cases were admitted to a hospital in England, where there is currently a body.
“Case monitoring and follow-up and their close contact have been undertaken as part of normal practice and the risk to the public is very low.”
The monkeypox virus belongs to the same family of facial viruses, although it is much less severe and experts say the chances of infection are low.
The World Health Organization (WHO) detects the disease in the tropical rain forests of central and western Africa, and it is known as a zoonotic virus (i.e., it can be transmitted from animals to humans).
The first reported case of monkeypox was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It is found mainly in remote areas of Central and West African countries, near tropical rain forests. Very few cases of this disease have been reported in the UK.
Although deaths have been reported in West Africa, most are mild cases of the virus and will heal on their own in a few weeks.
The incubation period of the disease is six to 16 days. In its early stages, patients first experience fever, headache, swelling, back pain, muscle aches, and general weakness.
Once the fever subsides, there is a skin rash on the victim’s body, which spreads the rash on the face, followed by the rest of the body, now usually the palms of the hands and feet.
The stain develops from the wound into a crust blister, after which it can take up to three weeks for it to heal and disappear.
Richard Firth, PKW’s health protection consultant, said: “The confirmed case of Mackenpox in the UK is a rare occurrence and the risk to the general public is very low.”
“We worked with multi-agency partners, made the following attempts and checked the tested protocols and procedures and we identified all the contacts nearby. Measures have been taken to reduce the chances of further infection. ”
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