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Family cluster of three cases of monkeypox imported from Nigeria to the United Kingdom, May 2021

Hobson, Gemma, Adamson, James, Adler, Hugh ORCID:, Firth, Richard, Gould, Susan, Houlihan, Catherine, Johnson, Christopher, Porter, David, Rampling, Tommy, Ratcliffe, Libuse, Russell, Katherine, Shankar, Ananda Giri and Wingfield, Tom ORCID: (2021) 'Family cluster of three cases of monkeypox imported from Nigeria to the United Kingdom, May 2021'. Eurosurveillance, Vol 26, Issue 32.

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Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic disease. The causing virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus that includes variola virus (the cause of smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. There are two distinct clades of monkeypox virus—Central African and West African. The first human cases were identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970 [1]. Outside of Africa, cases of human monkeypox infections have been documented in four countries: four cases the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018/2019, one case in Israel in 2018 and one case in Singapore in 2019 [2], 47 cases in the United States (US) in 2003 and one in 2021 [3]. We report on a family cluster of three recent cases of monkeypox in the UK associated with travel from Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Infectious Viral Skin Diseases > WC 584 Poxviridae infections
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Marie Hatton
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 12:13
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 12:13


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