Highlights:

  • The World Health Organization said that the monkeypox virus is less severe than smallpox.
  • The virus causes an illness with symptoms that are comparable to smallpox.
  • The infection’s common symptoms are fever, rash, and enlarged lymph nodes.

Public Health officials in North Wales of the UK said that they had reported 2 cases of monkeypox in the region. The Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed after one of them contracted monkeypox while abroad, 2 members of the same family had been infected by the disease.

The disease causes fever, pain, and a scabby rash. Both Public Health England and Public Health Wales are keeping track of the 2 hospitalized people in England.

The consultant of PHW in health protection, Richard Firth said that in the UK, confirmed cases of monkeypox are a rare event and the risk to the general public is very low. Following tried and tested protocols and procedures, they have worked with multi-agency colleagues and identified all close contacts.

“Actions have been put in place to minimize the likelihood of further infection,” added Firth.

The World Health Organization said that the monkeypox virus is less severe than smallpox but causes an illness with symptoms that are comparable to smallpox. The infection’s common symptoms are fever, rash, and enlarged lymph nodes.

Primarily, it transmitted to humans by wild animals like rats and monkeys, although it can also be passed from person to person. It’s possible that up to a 10th of those infected with the virus will die.

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