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Monkey Pox, what exactly is it and how it will affect you in Gauteng

With the first case of monkey pox detected in Johannesburg last week, Dr Jacqueline Weyer who is the principal medical scientist at the Medical Institute for Communical Diseases, says it tells them that in this particular case that the disease was acquired locally so what they working to do currently through contact tracing is to identify cases that might or that have been exposed and may still develop the disease but also to back track and to see how the train of transmission came together for this individual.

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In terms of how many cases they have not diagnosed yet, she says it’s difficult to say and she wouldn’t anticipate that it would be a great number, but definitely locally acquired and most likely the individual that was involved in the exposure of this particular case should be well by now but they are definitely backtracking to case tracing and seeing if they can find the actual index case.

The index case would be the person that actually brought it into the country. Once they do that it enables them to try and identify all of those trains of transmission and to try and get ahead of that so that they can prevent additional cases from happening.

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