October 1, 2022
UK's 'first monkeypox patient to go public' slams 'farcical' health officials tackling virus

James McFadzean, who is the first British monkeypox patient to be publicly interviewed, criticised the body responsible for tracking and tracing the virus. (YouTube/TalkTV)

James McFadzean, who is described as the UK’s ‘first monkeypox patient to go public’ with his diagnosis, has slammed the “farcical” response by the body responsible for tracking the virus. 

McFadzean, who is from London, claimed in an interview with MailOnline that it took almost two weeks for contact tracers at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to reach out to him. 

He told the outlet that he had just come back to the UK after living in Dubai for four years following a “shock” HIV diagnosis in February, which resulted in him losing his job and home. When he returned to the UK, McFadzean said he was experiencing “really weird aches” in his lower back, exhaustion, extreme thirst and pain when he used the restroom. 

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