Thailand reports third monkeypox case in Phuket
New Delhi : Amid a spike in worldwide monkeypox cases, Thailand on Wednesday reported its third case of the disease, as confirmed by the country’s Department of Disease Control. The third monkeypox case in Thailand was reported in Phuket after a 25-year-old German man, a tourist, tested positive for the infection.
The German man reportedly arrived in Phuket on 18 July and is likely to be infected with monkeypox in another country. According to a report in Bangkok Post, Director General of the Department of Disease Control Opus Karnakawinpong said that all contacts of the patient are being tracked. According to the report, the patient showed symptoms of fever, blisters and rash which “first started in his groin area”.
What we know so far about monkeypox
- The current monkeypox outbreak is the largest virus ever detected, and has been designated as a global emergency. Officials say all the evidence so far suggests the disease is spread primarily through a network of men who have sex with men.
- Earlier, the head of the World Health Organization advised men at risk of monkeypox to consider reducing their sexual partners “for the time being”. But it is a complex outbreak that can alter the way it spreads and which population groups are most affected. There is also debate about whether monkeypox should be called a sexually transmitted disease, with some critics complaining that the term creates a stigma and can be used to denigrate gay and bisexual men.
- Monkeypox can also be spread through non-sexual means, and using condoms or other specific measures isn’t enough to prevent STDs, Inglesby and other experts say. Monkeypox doesn’t usually spread easily from person to person, and experts are still trying to understand how it spreads from person to person.
- So far eight cases of monkeypox have been reported in India and one has died due to the disease. In Africa, where small outbreaks have been common for years, people have been infected by bites from rodents or small animals.
- But in May, cases began to emerge in Europe, the United States and elsewhere that showed a clear pattern of infection through intimate contact with an infected person, as did many other sexually transmitted diseases.
- The public health workers who respond to outbreaks play a big role in how they are prepared. Much of the work on monkeypox has been done by professionals who operate sexual health clinics or specialize in STDs.