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German Tourist Confirmed as Third Monkeypox Case in Thailand
by: The Beat Asia
August 04, 2022
Health officials at Phuket have confirmed the nation’s third case of monkeypox on Wednesday, discovered in a German tourist via lab test. The infected patient is now being treated in a private hospital, whilst the lab results are awaiting corroboration from the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University.
Reports from the Department of Disease Control state that the visitor had developed symptoms prior to arrival into the country on July 18, including a genital rash that spread to other parts of the body. The 25-year-old man was suspected of the illness once he developed blisters and a fever as well.
Authorities are monitoring others who have been in contact with the affected individual. Despite none of them testing positive at the moment, all are required to undergo a 21-day quarantine and are barred from contact with others.
It has been said that the infected patient is not directly linked to the first two confirmed cases of monkeypox found last month. The first confirmed case was also discovered in Phuket, the infected individual being a Nigerian man who fled from quarantine to Phnom Penh. The second case involved a Thai man who is undergoing quarantine and treatment in Vajira Hospital.
Talks of inoculation against monkeypox are in the works. The Government Pharmaceutical Organization is due to administer protective vaccines to medical personnel and those who have encountered infected patients within the past 14 days as priority.
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