Colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (teal) found within an infected cell (brown), cultured in the laboratory. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

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A new strain of Monkeypox has been identified in the UK, the country's health authorities said.

British health authorities confirmed that an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox linked to recent travel to West Africa.

"Preliminary genomic sequencing conducted by UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) indicates that this case does not have the current outbreak strain circulating in the UK," the UKHSA said in a statement.

The individual has been admitted to the High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in line with standing advice from the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP).

Contact tracing of close contacts of the individual is underway. So far, no further linked cases have been identified.

Dr Sophia Maki, Incident Director, UKHSA, said: "We are working to contact the individuals who have had close contact with the case prior to confirmation of their infection to assess them as necessary and provide advice."

"UKHSA and the NHS have well-established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these will be strictly followed and the risk to the general public is very low," She added.

Dr Maki reminded everyone who is planning to travel to West and Central Africa to be alert for the symptoms of monkeypox.

The ACDP has previously advised that importations of monkeypox directly from West Africa as well as cases caused by Clade I of the virus should still be classified as HCIDs as we cannot predict their characteristics.


Source: ANI