United Kingdom reports two cases of monkeypox, initiates contact-tracing-Jain Khabar

United Kingdom reports two cases of monkeypox, initiates contact-tracing-Jain Khabar

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United Kingdom reports two cases of monkeypox, initiates contact-tracing

Two cases of monkeypox were identified in the United Kingdom’s (UK) North Wales on Thursday, according to a report by news agency BBC. Health officials familiar with the developments said that both the cases belong to the same household.

Monkeypox falls in the same category of viruses as smallpox but it is considered less severe and experts also highlighted that the chances of infection are low. The virus occurs mostly in remote tropical rainforests of central and West African countries. It has two main strains --West African and Central African. Monkeypox, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is a zoonosis, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Public Health Wales (PHW) said that the initial cases were acquired overseas. The PHW also highlighted that the risk to the general public is low and contact-tracing has been initiated. One of the patients has been released while the other continues to be hospitalised. The Public Health England is also monitoring the situation.