There have been several news reports stating that two cases of monkeypox have been identified in north Wales.
Dr Jake Dunning, Senior Clinical Researcher and Consultant in Infectious Diseases, University of Oxford, said:
“Monkeypox is not an infection that is caught from animals present in the UK. Almost all cases have been acquired in countries in West and Central Africa, where the virus circulates in animals, particularly rodents, and may pass from animals to humans and then sometimes from infected people to other humans. The cases that were detected in the UK in 2018 and 2019 were in people who had acquired their infections in West Africa, with the exception of one healthcare worker who caught it when looking after a patient, before the diagnosis of monkeypox had been made.