Two new people have been diagnosed with ‘monkeypox’ or monkeypox in the UK in cases related to a previous infection, Health officials told the BBC.
The British Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) said one in two people were being treated in hospital.
The cases, which are the eighth and ninth confirmed cases in the UK, are not related to the already confirmed case in England announced on 7 May.
The UKHSA said health information and advice was being given to close contacts of the latest two cases “as a precaution”.
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that kills one in ten infected people but does not spread easily between people.
Health officials said it was important to emphasize that the overall risk to the general public is “very low”.
Health officials said they were investigating where and how the couple contracted the infection.
The case announced earlier this month involved a man who had recently traveled from Nigeria, where he is believed to have contracted the infection before traveling to the UK.
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