Monkeypox in Blackpool: What is it, how does it spread and what are the symptoms you should look for

Only days after the first case of monkeypox was discovered in the UK, the second case of the viral infection has been discovered in Blackpool.

Wednesday, 12th September 2018, 7:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th September 2018, 10:32 am
A monkeypox victim

Here is everything you need to know about the viral infection.

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Second UK case of monkeypox diagnosed at Blackpool hospital

What is monkeypox?A rare disease caused by a viral infection.

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A monkeypox victim

How does it spread?Most commonly when a person comes into close contact with an infected animal.It is not spread easily between people.

What are the symptoms?Infected people usually start to show symptoms between five and 21 days after infection.These include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

How serious is it?Most patients recover within a few weeks and do not need treatment, but it can cause severe illness in some people.

Why is it called monkeypox?The disease was first discovered in monkeys kept for research in 1958. The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Where is it prevalent?Cases have been reported in a number of countries in Africa, including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Nigeria.

An outbreak occurred in America in 2003 after rodents were imported from Africa.

There was a sustained outbreak in Nigeria last year and there have been sporadic cases reported since then.