Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox virus, United Kingdom, October 2018

Aisling Vaughan, Emma Aarons, John Astbury, Timothy Brooks, Meera Chand-Kumar, Peter Flegg, Angela Hardman, Nick Harper, Richard Jarvis, Sharon Mawdsley, Mark McGivern, Dilys Morgan, Gwyn Morris, Grainne Nixon, Catherine O’Connor, Ruth Palmer, Nicholas Phin, D. Ashley Price, Katherine Russell, Bengu SaidMatthias L. Schmid, Roberto Vivancos, Amanda Walsh, William Welfare, Jennifer Wilburn, William Dunning*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In September 2018, monkeypox virus was transmitted from a patient to a healthcare worker in the United Kingdom. Transmission was probably through contact with contaminated bedding. Infection control precautions for contacts (vaccination, daily monitoring, staying home from work) were implemented. Of 134 potential contacts, 4 became ill; all patients survived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-785
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
Early online date5 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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Publisher Copyright: © 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved.

Citation: Vaughan A, Aarons E, Astbury J, Brooks T, Chand M, Flegg P, et al. Human-to-Human Transmission of Monkeypox Virus, United Kingdom, October 2018. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020;26(4):782-785.



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