The government established the smallpox EOC center to raise the level of surveillance and screening of travelers from at-risk countries.

Today (22 May 65), Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (Cor.) said that people are now interested in the case of the UK case of monkey pox infection. Department of Disease Control as an agency that is responsible for preventing and controlling diseases, especiallyemerging disease and recurrent disease Therefore, the Public Health Emergency Operations Center, Department of Disease Control, in the case of Monkeypox (Monkeypox) was established to monitor the situation, trends, and anticipate future situations. to prepare long-term and medium-term plans to improve strategies and appropriate measures

Now the World Health Organization (WHO) statement confirms that Approximately 80 people have been diagnosed with monkey pox so far, and 50 suspected cases of monkeypox are being investigated in 11 countries that are not endemic areas, and more cases are likely to occur. country The first case found in the outbreak was in the UK. With a history of traveling to Nigeria at the end of April 65, the United Kingdom has started surveillance and search for more patients. At present, more than 100 people have been diagnosed from 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Greece.

Dr. Opas continued that although Thailand has not reported any cases of monkey pox. But in this period, it was the period that began to open for more travel into 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 from the Communicable Disease Control Checkpoint Division 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. Of the 1,352 people in Spain and 268 from Portugal, the Department of Disease Control has upgraded its surveillance to those traveling from these high-risk countries. Ask the people to follow the news closely.

If you have to travel to a country where smallpox is found You should be careful as follows:
1) Avoid contact with vectors, including rodents such as rats, squirrels, and primates such as monkeys, although these animals have not been reported in Thailand yet. 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) Follow Universal Prevention (UP) by washing your hands frequently 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 avoid contact with secretions such as saliva, droplets, or lymph from people with suspected illness or risk history. 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

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