Monkeypox infection after they shared a flight with a British patient who tested positive for the virus.
The individuals sat within a three-row radius of the Brit on a nearly seven-hour flight from Nigeria to the UK on May 4. He later became the country’s first confirmed case.
A total of 12 cases have been confirmed in Europe so far in the global outbreak, with 24 people being probed for the virus across the UK, Portugal and Spain.
Infections are more common in central and west Africa, where they generally result from direct contact with infected animals.
But the virus can also be spread via direct contact with infectious lesions in the skin, or from the coughs and sneezes of someone with a monkeypox rash.
Up to one in 10 cases are fatal, but the strain spreading globally is milder and thought to have a fatality rate of about one in 100 — similar to Covid’s at the start of the pandemic.
McQuiston warned the CDC is considering issuing another health alert — similar to that for the hepatitis outbreak — for medical professionals.
She added that a number of cases in the UK appear to be linked to sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men, likely due to contact with infectious lesions in the skin.
‘There’s a lot of travel between the U.K. and the United States and other global area,’ she said.
What is monkeypox viral infection?
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection which people usually pick up in the tropical areas of west and central Africa.
It is usually spread through direct contact with animals such as squirrels, which are known to harbour the virus.
However, it can also be transmitted through very close contact with contagious skin lesions on an infected person — such as during sex.
What are the symptoms?
Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
But its most unusual feature is a rash that often begins on the face, then spreads to other parts of the body, commonly the hands and feet.
The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.
How deadly is it?
Monkeypox is usually mild, with most patients recovering within a few weeks without treatment. Yet, the disease can prove fatal.
Monkeypox kills up to 10 per cent of people it infects.
However, with milder strains the fatality rate is closer to one in 100 — similar to when Covid first hit.
What are the treatment options?
There are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection.
However, because monkeypox virus is closely related to the virus that causes smallpox, jabs for smallpox can also protect people from getting monkeypox.