The “monkey smallpox” epidemic is quiet! The Department of Disease Control reveals May, 21 infections in one month

The “monkey smallpox” epidemic is quiet! The Department of Disease Control reveals May, 21 infections in one month

Today (June 1, 2023), reporters reported that the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health (Sor.) reported on the situation of smallpox (monkeypox) or monkeypox in Thailand, stating that only during last May. There were an additional 21 cases of smallpox, most of which were domestic infections. And it is expected that there will be a growing trend among men who have sex with men Preparations are being taken to prevent the disease from spreading during Pride month or month to celebrate the support for freedom and equality for LGBT people. held throughout June this year throughout Thailand

Tares Krassanairawiwong Dr The Director General of the Department of Disease Control revealed that according to smallpox disease which is an emerging infectious disease in Thailand the first patient was discovered in July 2022. Currently, 43 cases are reported on currently.The latest trend is continuously increasing However, 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. Have sex with a suspected patient or smallpox patient Through the following channels, genitals, anus or mouth 2. Clean the room or share the bathroom with suspected patients or Patients with smallpox while they is symptomatic. 3. used to care for suspected or sick smallpox patients Observe within 21 days after touching 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 around the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth If symptoms occur , hurry to get checked in 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 don’t share personal property with others, etc.

on the side Sophon Iamsirithavorn The Deputy Director General of the Department of Disease Control said that the Department of Disease Control requires collaboration in networks that work closely with people, such as hospitals (Hospital), sub-regional health promotion hospitals (Hospital), 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.

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