On 11 September 2018, Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that a second individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. There is no UK link to the patient diagnosed last week in Cornwall who is currently receiving care at the Royal Free in London (see current note 52/3604).
The second patient had travelled to Nigeria where they are believed to have acquired the infection. They first presented at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and following a positive test result were transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, an expert respiratory infectious disease centre, where they are receiving appropriate care. All necessary precautions are being taken by specialist staff and there is currently no risk to other staff, patients or visitors.
Further information on monkeypox and related guidance is available on the PHE website.
Information and advice for travellers is available from the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: PHE, 11 September 2018.