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A monkeypox patient has been admitted to hospital in Liverpool as fears over the infectious disease grow.

Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that two people had tested positive for the virus in north Wales.

And it is understood that one of those patients is now at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Public Health England have said the risk to the wider public is considered "low".

It is understood the second patient has been discharged from hospital after recovering from the virus.

A spokeswoman for Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Royal, said: “We are treating one patient who has tested positive for Monkeypox.

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Monkeypox often starts with a rash before red spots appear and spread across the body
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"They are being cared for on our High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID) unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital by highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases.

“All necessary precautions are being taken by specialist staff and there is currently no risk to other staff, patients or visitors.

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"We ask that people continue to use our services as normal."

Monkeypox is a virus from the same family as smallpox, a deadly disease which was eventually wiped out by widespread vaccination programmes.

Monkeypox, however, is considered far less dangerous and most people infected make a full recovery.

Matt Hancock announced that two people had tested positive for the virus in north Wales
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In a statement Public Health Wales said yesterday "two cases of imported monkeypox" have been confirmed.

It said: "Public Health Wales and Public Health England are monitoring two cases of imported monkeypox identified in North Wales.

"The index case was acquired overseas, and the two cases are members of the same household. Both cases were admitted to a hospital in England, where one currently remains.

"Monitoring and follow-up of the cases and their close contacts are undertaken as part of normal practice, and the risk to the general public is very low."

Monkeypox often starts with a rash before red spots appear and spread across the body, turning into red bumps filled with fluid.

These are often accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, muscle aches and swollen glands.

Cases are often found close to tropical rainforests where there are animals that carry the virus.

Transmission of the disease is "limited", the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, and until now it has only been detected in 15 countries.