Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla is calling for vigilance as SA records another positive case of Monkeypox disease. The second patient is a 32-year old male from Cape Town, who has no travel history, which suggests that there a high possibility of local transmission. The 1st case was identified on June 22 and was a 30-year old man from Johannesburg. None of the cases have a travel history.
In a statement released by the Health Ministry, it is stated that the situation is slowly evolving. Health Minister, Joe Phaahla urges the public to observe good hygiene practices which proved to be effective during Covid-19. Members of the public who may experience symptoms similar to those of Monkeypox must seek urgent medical help, the Health Minister added. While the World Health Organization has not yet recommended any travel ban, Phaahla says it is important for travelers to seek advice before skipping to other countries.
What's worrying is that both of these men have "no travel history", so this means this virus is already amongst us. So disheartening. I hope it won't spread crazily in SA. I'm wondering if there're any investigations currently under way to identify the source. One might not have travelled, but got in contact with a traveller. High chances the source and partners are causing havoc as we speak. As usual, South Africans are not buying the Monkeypox warning. "These clowns are playing games again. They’re trying to shift our focus on main issues that are affecting us. Our focus is on Phala Phala Farm and Eskom", said Advovo on Twitter.
It's important to note that not everyone with monkeypox develops all of the symptoms. In fact, in the current (2022) outbreak, many cases aren’t following the usual pattern of symptoms. This atypical presentation includes only a few lesions, no swollen lymph nodes, less fever and other signs of illness. Monkeypox is spread when you come into contact with an animal or a person infected with the virus. Animal-to-person transmission occurs through broken skin, like from bites or scratches, or through direct contact with an infected animal’s blood, bodily fluids or pox lesions.
Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting from two to four weeks. Most people with monkeypox get better on their own without treatment.
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