May 28, 2024

Limpopo | first monkeypox case confirmd

Monkey Pox

A 42-year-old male tourist from Switzerland, who is on holiday in Limpopo has been confirmed to have monkeypox.

The Health Department in Limpopo says the patient’s symptoms include a rash, muscle ache, and fatigue. Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba says three contacts have already been identified, but show no symptoms at the moment. “We are calling for calm. We can confirm that the case is an outpatient, currently isolating, and requires no admission,” Dr. Ramathuba said.

This brings the officially known number of monkeypox cases in South Africa to three. The first case was identified in Johannesburg a week ago, then cape town days after. Both of these previous monkeypox patients had no recent international travel history. The Health Department is calling on the public to remain calm and continue wearing masks as a precaution. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases is warning that the country could record more cases of the monkeypox virus in the coming days. They urged the government to roll out a plan to contain it

Although The Health Department said the virus is less severe and people should not panic. People who are experiencing symptoms are urged to report to their nearest healthcare center.