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UK health officials confirm third case of monkeypox
A third case of monkeypox has been confirmed in a healthcare worker from Blackpool.
Public Health England taking a ‘highly precautionary approach’

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed a third case of monkeypox in England.

In a statement, PHE said that a healthcare worker from Blackpool Victoria Hospital is receiving treatment after coming into contact with another patient with the disease. The earlier patient had travelled to Nigeria where they are believed to have contracted the infection.

PHE confirmed that it is ‘adopting a highly precautionary approach’ to minimise the risk of further cases and are tracing anyone who may have had contact with the patient.

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at PHE, said: “This healthcare worker cared for the patient before a diagnosis of monkeypox was made. We have been actively monitoring contacts for 21 days after exposure to detect anyone presenting with an illness so that they can be assessed quickly. It is therefore not wholly unexpected that a case has been identified.

“This person has been isolated and we are taking a highly precautionary approach to ensure that all contacts are traced.”

Monkeypox is a rare zoonotic disease that can be transmitted through contact with the blood and bodily fluids of infected animals. Human infections have been liked to the handling of monkeys, but the virus does not spread easily among people.

PHE said the disease is usually a mild self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.

Monkeypox was first was first confirmed in Cornwall on 8 September. The patient is a resident of Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have picked up the infection, before travelling to the UK.

A second individual was confirmed with the infection on 11 September but has no UK link to the patient in Cornwall.

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”