Scottish health chiefs confirm monkeypox contact tracing in Scotland after flight

Health experts are on high alert amid concerns that several have now contracted the deadly m onkeypox virus.

The three patients are currently in quarantine at their homes after someone they were in close contact with was confirmed to have contracted the virus, the Scottish Sun reports.

The newspaper reports that the three are currently believed to have flown from England to Glasgow unaware that their colleague was infected.

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Monkeypox is mainly transmitted by animals in West Africa, but it can cause severe symptoms and even death.

A source told the newspaper: “This is the same alert level as Ebola.

“Three people have been identified as close contacts but we need to be prepared for more.

“It’s like Pauline Cafferkey all over again.”

A spokeswoman for Public Health Scotland said: ‘We are liaising with the UK Health Security Agency over contact tracing of a small number of individuals linked to the monkeypox case identified in England.

“This is a standard and precautionary exercise and the risk to the general public remains very low.”

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Dr Colin Brown, Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:

“Monkeypox is not easily transmitted between people and the overall risk is very low.

“We are working to contact people who had close contact with the case before their infection was confirmed, assess them if necessary and provide advice.

“The UKHSA and the NHS have well-established infection control procedures.”

According to the World Health Organization, up to one in 10 cases of Monkeypox can be fatal.