- Monkeypox is a rare illness in people but can kill up to one in 10 people it infects
- The virus appeared in the UK for the first time last year, when three people got it
- The patient announced today became ill while in the South West of England
A person in South West England has been diagnosed with monkeypox after visiting Nigeria, government officials have revealed.
The rare tropical disease, which causes flu-like symptoms and blisters on the skin, is caused by a virus spread by monkeys, rats, squirrels and other small mammals.
The patient, who lives in the UK, is now being cared for by specialists at St Thomas’ Hospital Trust in central London.
Public Health England (PHE) has refused to reveal their age or sex but revealed they were diagnosed yesterday, Tuesday, December 3.
Monkeypox appeared in the UK for the first time last year when three people caught the infection in separate instances in Cornwall, Blackpool and Liverpool.
The illness can spread between people either by skin-to-skin contact, coughs and sneezes or by touching contaminated clothes or bedding.