Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on September 8th that an individual had been diagnosed with Monkeypox in the UK, the first time such a diagnosis has been made.

Monkeypox is a rare infection and does not spread easily between individuals and PHE has made sure to issue information to this effect. PHE Is also working closely with the NHS to identify, and contact, anyone who may have been in close contact with the patient.

The individual diagnosed is a resident of Nigeria which is where they are believed to have contracted the virus. The patient has been admitted to the specialist High Level Isolation Unit (HLIU) at the Royal Free Hospital in London where they are receiving treatment

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