A healthcare worker has become the third person to be diagnosed with monkeypox in England, it has been revealed. The individual was involved in the care of a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital earlier this month, before they were known to be carrying the infection, Public Health England (PHE) said. The patient – who was only the second case of the rare infection recorded in the UK – is believed to have

contracted the virus after traveling to Nigeria. The first case was diagnosed just days earlier, after a resident of Nigeria staying at a naval base in Cornwall presented with symptoms. PHE previously said there was “no UK link” between the first two patients. Monkeypox does not spread easily between people and most who contract the infection recover within a few weeks, although severe illness can occur in some people. READ MORE