Monkeypox in SA
Last month, health minister Dr Joe Phaahla called for vigilance as the country recorded another positive case of monkeypox.
The second case was a 32-year-old man from Cape Town who had no travel history, which suggested a high possibility of local transmission.
“Though monkeypox is less contagious than smallpox and causes less severe illness ... the situation is slowly evolving with cases being recorded,” said Phaahla.
Phaahla urged the public to observe good hygiene practices and other measures which proved effective in preventing Covid-19 and other infectious diseases from spreading.
“The source and linkage of cases remains under investigation and the health department, working with the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases), constantly assess the risk for local transmission in collaboration with the WHO in line with international health regulations.
“Health officials will continue with contact tracing while closely monitoring the situation and alert clinicians on symptoms to look for, and if the clinical picture fits with monkeypox, they are urged to complete case investigation form and send samples for testing,” he said
Members of the public who experience symptoms similar to monkeypox are urged to report to their nearest healthcare facility for early detection and successful treatment.
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