These two new cases concern people from the same family, but have no connection with the patient previously mentioned, according to the public health agency UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). One is hospitalized and the other has been placed in isolation.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted by animals, most commonly rodents. It causes flu-like symptoms and a characteristic rash. Generally, the case fatality rate in monkeypox outbreaks is 1-10%, but with proper care, most patients recover.
The disease is still present sporadically in parts of central and western Africa, near tropical rainforests.
The case announced earlier this month involved a person who had recently traveled from Nigeria, where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before traveling to the UK.
UK health authorities stress that monkeypox is not easily transmitted between people and therefore the risk to the general public is very low.