After discovery of monkeypox in China, disease control experts warn ‘don’t touch the skin of foreigners’ – BBC News

September 20, 2022 at 2:13 am

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Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has sparked controversy by warning the public not to have “direct skin-to-skin contact” with foreigners.

A day after the first case of monkeypox was detected in mainland China, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sparked controversy by warning the public not to have “skin-to-skin contact -direct skin” with foreigners.

The southwestern city of Chongqing found a case of monkeypox on September 16. Wu Zunyou suggested on Weibo: “Do not have direct skin-to-skin contact with foreigners.”

Some critics have dismissed the description as racist, and the post has now been disabled for commenting.

Wu Zunyou wrote on Weibo that his appeal was to “prevent possible monkeypox infection and as our daily healthy lifestyle.”

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