Monkeypox epidemic: New strain of virus confirmed in UK

London, September 2nd: A new strain of monkeypox has been identified in the UK, according to UK health officials. UK health officials have confirmed that an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in connection with recent travel to West Africa.

“Preliminary genome sequencing conducted by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) indicates that this case does not carry the epidemic strain currently circulating in the UK,” UKHSA said in a statement. There have been more than 1,000 monkeypox cases in the UK, bringing the current global total to 3,413: UKSHA report.

The individual is admitted to the High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID) Unit at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, in line with ongoing advice from the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP).

Contact tracing for close contacts of individuals is ongoing. So far, no further related cases have been identified. UKHSA Incident Director Dr Sophia Maki said:

“UKHSA and the NHS have well-established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with imported cases, which are strictly followed and pose a very low risk to the general public,” she said. added.

Dr. Maki urged everyone planning to travel to Western and Central Africa to be aware of monkeypox symptoms. , advised that cases caused by clade I of the virus should still be classified as HCID because their characteristics are unpredictable.

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