Thailand reports first monkeypox case

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The Department of Disease Control (DDC) announced on Thursday evening that a man from Nigeria was confirmed to have been infected with monkeypox.

According to Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, DDC director-general, a joint team was sent to investigate after the private hospital in Phuket suspected that one of its patients was showing monkeypox symptoms.

It was revealed that the 27-year-old Nigerian was admitted to a hospital in Phuket last week with fever, coughing, runny nose, and sore throat. He also had rashes and lesions in his genital area, and they had spread to other parts of his body and face.

The Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Center lab result found that the man had monkeypox on Tuesday, and DDC lab testing confirmed that the man has the virus.

Local officials in Phuket received instructions to monitor the situation for other possible cases in the province and to help control the spread of the virus.

The DDC advised people to remain calm as monkeypox is not yet considered to be a global emergency because it does not have severe symptoms.

Source: Bangkok Post

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