person in England has been diagnosed with monkeypox, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.
The patient had recently travelled from Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK.
The person is receiving care at the expert infectious disease unit at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people but can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person.
The disease, which is similar to smallpox, is usually found in central and West Africa.
It was first discovered in 1958 during an outbreak of pox-like disease in monkeys.
The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and since then the infection has been reported in a number of central and western African countries.
Symptoms include fever, a headache, muscle aches, backache and exhaustion.
Within one to five days after getting a fever, a rash develops, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, such as the hands and soles of the feet.
Monkeypox is a mild condition which will often resolve on its own and has no known long-term effects on a person’s health.