The Department of Disease Control reveals that smallpox returned to the epidemic in May, 21 new cases were discovered.

The trend of smallpox cases is expected to increase. request cooperation from primary care unit entrepreneurs Watch and protect throughout Thailand.

Date (June 2, 2023) Tares Krassanairawiwong Dr The 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 patients have been reported and the trend continues to increase. especially in May In the past, 21 more people were infected.

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 smallpox patient, or suspicion of a rash/blister as follows:

  1. Having sex with a suspected or smallpox patient Through the following channels: genitals, anus or mouth
  2. cleaning a room or sharing a bathroom with a suspected patient or Patients with smallpox while they are symptomatic.
  3. used to care for suspected or sick smallpox patients

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 , a rash or blisters or pustules on the genitals or anus or the area around the hands, feet, breasts, face, or mouth area

Appearance of pustules, smallpox

However, if symptoms occur, hurry to be examined at a health service facility or hospital by reporting symptoms and risk history immediately. along with suggesting ways to prevent infection with smallpox, for example, avoid having 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.

side Sophon Iamsirithavorn The Deputy Director General of the Department of Disease Control said that the Department of Disease Control is asking for cooperation. Networks that work closely with people such as hospitals, public health hospitals, private clinics, civil society organizations health organization spa type etc. 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.


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