Department of Disease Control set up an emergency operation center “smallpox monkey”

Department of Disease Control, MOPH established a Public Health Emergency Operations Center Monkeypox cases to watch out for Screening travelers from countries with outbreaks Helps to detect risk groups faster and prevent the spread of the disease in the country After the epidemic was found in many countries and can be transmitted from person to person

May 22, 2022 Dr. Opas Karn Kawinpong Director-General of the Department of Disease Controlsaid that from the news reports that people are interested in a lot In the case of the UK, the case of monkeypox was found Department of Disease Control as an agency which is responsible for preventing and controlling diseases especially emerging diseases and recurrent disease Therefore, the Public Health Emergency Operations Center, Department of Disease Control, in case of monkeypox (Monkeypox) has been established to monitor the trend. as well as forecasting situations that may occur in the future to prepare long-term and medium-term plans to improve strategies and appropriate measures

The World Health Organization (WHO) statement confirmed that Approximately 80 cases of monkeypox have been reported, and 50 suspected cases of monkeypox are being investigated in 11 countries that are not endemic areas of monkeypox. And tend to see more patients in many countries. The first patient found in this outbreak was a patient. in the United Kingdom, England With a history of traveling to Nigeria in late April, for this reason, the United Kingdom has started surveillance. More than 100 cases have now been identified from 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Greece.

sideDr. Opaswent on to say that Thailand has no reported cases of monkey pox. However, in this period It was the period that began to allow more people to enter the country. And it is in preparation for the entry into the endemic of COVID-19. Therefore, there may be a risk from travelers from endemic areas including the United Kingdom, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, United States, Canada and Australia. or those traveling from countries in Central Africa and West Africa in both international entry and exit channels or those who travel from such countries to major tourist provinces from the information of the Communicable Disease Control Checkpoint International and quarantine, the Department of Disease Control reported that the number of registered travelers from high-risk countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, between May 1-22, 65, there were 13,142 travelers from the UK. from Spain 1,352 and Portugal 268

The Department of Disease Control has raised the level to monitor people traveling from these risky countries. Ask the people to follow the news closely. and if you have to travel to a country where smallpox cases are found You should be careful as follows:

1) Avoid contact with vectors, including rodents such as rats, squirrels and primates. such as monkeys, although there have not been any reports of the infection in these animals in Thailand. If you come into contact with animals, wash your hands with soap and water immediately. and after returning from a country that has had a smallpox outbreak to observe symptoms If you find any abnormalities such as fever, rash on your face, arms and legs, seek immediate medical attention. and inform the travel history

2) Comply with Universal Prevention (UP) measures. By frequently washing your hands with soap or alcohol gel. Separate all personal belongings and do not share with others. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth with your hands, eating cooked food, etc.

3) Avoid contact with secretions, wounds, blood and lymph of animals. or eating undercooked infected meat and avoiding contact with secretions such as saliva, droplets, or lymph from people who are suspected to be sick or have a history of risk. even if there is little chance But it can occur through close contact with the patient through secretions. from the respiratory tract or blistered skin

which the Department of Disease Control will closely monitor and notify the people from time to time If you have any questions, ask for more information at 02 5903839 or 1422.

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