A fourth case of monkeypox confirmed in Thailand

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) announced the discovery of the fourth confirmed case of monkeypox in Thailand on Friday, August 5.

It is the first infection in a woman, a 22-year-old Thai woman, found in the country.

DDC chief executive Dr Opart Karnkawinpong said the Thai went to nightclubs in Bangkok once a week and on July 29, she had a fever, followed by blisters, which appeared on her legs. legs and hands the next day.

They then spread all over his body.

On Wednesday, she went to Samut Prakan Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

Samples were sent to the Department of Medical Sciences and Laboratory of Chulalongkorn University Medical School, which confirmed that she was infected with the monkeypox virus.

Dr Opart said the patient was sent to Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases for treatment.

The three previous cases are a 27-year-old Nigerian in Phuket, who had fled to Cambodia late last month, a 47-year-old Thai man in Bangkok, who had unprotected sex, and a 25-year-old German tourist in Phuketwho is believed to have been infected before arriving in Thailand.

Dr Opart also said he had asked the Chon Buri Provincial Disease Control Bureau and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Health Department to track down the woman’s friends to examine them.

Although the monkeypox virus is not easily transmitted, he suggested people avoid close physical contact with strangers to reduce the risk of being infected with the virus.

Wash hands regularly with soap or spray disinfectant, wear a mask at all times when outdoors, do not share personal items with other people, and avoid touching your face, eyes, other people’s noses or mouths are an effective defense against infection, he advised.

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Worldwide, the monkeypox situation report released on August 4 lists 26,208 confirmed cases in 83 countries.

The top five countries are the United States (6,617 cases), Spain (4,806 cases), Germany (2,781 cases), the United Kingdom (2,672 cases) and France (2,239 cases) .


Source : Thai PBS World

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