Two cases of deadly monkey virus have been confirmed today in the UK. Dailymail writes that Health Minister Matt Hancock announced that the country was dealing with an ‘outbreak’ of a rare virus.
The Secretary of Health described the situation as ‘absolutely standard’ and insisted that he was dealing with ‘these kinds of outbreaks all the time’. But he gave no details on how many patients were infected or whether the virus was spreading in Britain along with the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Public Health in Wales announced that 2 people in Wales have been infected with this virus. It was also revealed that the infected persons were from the same family, but neither their identity nor their age was made public.
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. It can be spread among people through skin-to-skin contact, coughing and sneezing, as well as touching any soiled clothes or bedding.