Two folks in London have been identified with monkeypox, well being officers say infectious ailments

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Two people in London have been diagnosed with monkeypox, health officials say.

The couple live in the same household and are not linked to the previously confirmed case in England, which was announced on May 7, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.

Of the last two cases, one person is being treated at the Infectious Diseases Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London.

The other is in isolation and does not currently require hospital treatment, the UKHSA said.

Health officials said they were investigating where and how the infections were acquired.

People who may have been in close contact with either person have been contacted and given information and health advice, the agency said.

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dr Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections at the UKHSA, said: “We have confirmed two new cases of monkeypox in England which are unrelated to the case reported on 7 May.

“While investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection, it is important to emphasize that it does not spread easily between people and requires close personal contact with an infected symptomatic individual. The overall risk to the general public remains very low.

“We are contacting any potential friends, family members or contacts in the community. We are also working with the NHS to reach out to all healthcare contacts who have been in close contact with cases before their infection was confirmed, to assess and offer advice where necessary.”