Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that doesn’t spread easily between people, the agency said, and qualified the overall risk to the general public as “very low.”
“The infection can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person, but there is a very low risk of transmission to the general population,” the statement said.
The patient is believed to have contracted the infection in Nigeria, the UKHSA said, before traveling to the UK recently. He or she will be treated in London at the expert infectious disease and isolation unit of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
According to the UKHSA, early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
The UKHSA said it would contact people “who may have been in close contact with the person to provide information and health advice” as a precautionary measure.
Rodents, including those kept as pets, and monkeys can carry monkey pox and transmit it to humans. The CDC investigated one case last year in a traveler to Dallas.