Monkeypox ‘outbreak’ detected in Wales as two admitted to hospital

Image of someone in Liberia with monkeypox from 1971. (AP)

The UK is currently suffering an outbreak of monkeypox after two cases were detected in Wales, the health secretary has revealed.

In most cases, monkeypox will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person’s health.

Initial symptoms include a fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

People can suffer a rash, which often begins on the face before spreading to other parts of the body.

The rash changes from raised red bumps to spots filled with fluid. The spots eventually form scabs which later fall off.

It does not transmit easily between humans and is more commonly caught from animals.