Two more cases of monkeypox have been registered in the UK. As the UK Health Security Agency announced on Saturday, there is no link to any recently known case. Two people in one household are affected. One is being treated in a hospital, the second is in isolation at home. Potential contacts have been notified.
It was initially unclear where the two patients became infected. Health authorities had already reported a case of monkey pox last week. At the time, it was said that the sick person was likely infected in Nigeria and then traveled to Britain.
According to the UKHSA, the rare viral illness usually causes only mild symptoms, but can also be severe.
Only symptomatic patients with close contact are contagious. The authority estimates the risk to the general population to be low.
Symptoms include a rash that first appears on the face and then mainly affects the hands and feet.