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The situation during last May Found 21 new cases of smallpox and it is expected to increase among men who have sex with men. Ready to watch for protection during Pride month, a month to celebrate the support of rights, freedom and equality among LGBT people. held throughout June throughout Thailand

Today (June 1, 2023), Tares Krassaniyawiwong Dr. Director General of the Department of Disease Control said that smallpox is an emerging infectious disease in Thailand. The first patient was detected in July 2022. Currently, 43 cases are reported and the trend continues to increase. But this disease can be prevented by taking the right steps. People can check the initial symptoms themselves. If there is a history of close contact or having sex with smallpox or a suspected smallpox patient, or suspicion of a rash/pox as follows: 1. Having sex with a suspected or smallpox patient through the following channels : genitals, anus or mouth; 3. Used to care for suspected or smallpox patients while ill. Observe within 21 days after contact with the patient if there is fever, headache, muscle aches or back pain, swollen lymph nodes such as behind the ears, throat, groin, sore throat, nasal congestion or cough , rash or blisters or pustules on organs • Sex, or anus, or the surrounding areas, on the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth If symptoms occur, hurry to have an examination at a health facility or hospital by reporting symptoms and risk history immediately. along with suggesting ways to prevent smallpox infection, such as avoiding sex with unknown strangers Avoid close contact with people who have rashes, blisters or pimples Avoid being in crowded places. Including recommending frequent hand washing and not sharing personal items with others, etc.

Sophon Iamsirithavorn Deputy Director General of the Department of Disease Control continued that the Department of Disease Control has asked for cooperation. Networks that work closely with people such as hospitals, public health institutions, private clinics, civil society organizations health institutions, such as spas, in publicizing information and recommendations for observing the symptoms of smallpox to the public. to create accurate knowledge and understanding of smallpox prevention for the target population as well as participating in surveillance and control of smallpox According to guidelines for surveillance, investigation and control of smallpox cases For more information, contact the Department of Disease Control helpline 1422.


Information from: Division of AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Division of Epidemiology

Office of Risk Communication, Department of Disease Control

June 1, 2023