Four new cases of the rare monkeypox infection have been diagnosed in England, health officials said on Monday.
The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) said investigations were underway to establish the connection between the last four cases.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection, similar to smallpox in humans, that was eradicated in 1980. Although monkeypox is much milder than smallpox in humans, with most infected people recovering within a few weeks, it can be fatal in a few cases.
On 7 May, the UK notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a confirmed case of smallpox in an individual who traveled from the UK to Nigeria from late April to early May and remained in Lagos and Delta states. in Nigeria.
The virus is transmitted from animals to humans, and incidental human infections occur from time to time in forested parts of the African continent. It can be transmitted by contact and exposure to droplets exhaled by infected individuals. In general, symptoms disappear between 14 and 21 days after infection, but more severe cases are possible.
With information from Lucas Rocha, from CNN.
Source: CNN Brasil