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Woman in central Thailand is country’s first female monkeypox case

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A woman in central Thailand today has been confirmed to have monkeypox, making her the fourth case in the kingdom, as well as the country’s first female case.

The 22 year old Thai national checked into a hospital in Samut Prakan on Wednesday and tested for monkeypox yesterday (Thursday). After the tests were sent to Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, it was confirmed that the young woman had the virus. She is now being treated at Bangkok’s Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute.

Meanwhile, authorities are trying to track down people who had close contact with the woman. The woman said she had had a fever on July 29, but still went to an entertainment venue with Thai and foreign friends the next day. Monkeypox has a low transmissibility rate, however, close physical contact is a risk factor. The DDC’s director-general, Dr Opart Karnkawinpong, suggested that people avoid close physical contact with strangers, to reduce their risk of infection.

This news comes after a German man tested positive for monkeypox in Phuket on Wednesday, becoming Thailand’s third recorded case. The first person to test positive for monkeypox in Thailand this year was a 27 year old Nigerian man in Phuket and the second person was a 47 year old Thai man in Bangkok. They had been recovering without the use of antiviral medication.

Dr Orpas has said that only certain target groups – such as high-risk groups and frontline healthcare workers – need to be vaccinated against the virus. The Ministry of Public Health announced this week that Thailand will receive 1000 doses of the smallpox vaccine from America this month, which are effective against monkeypox.

If Thailand did face a monkeypox outbreak and didn’t have enough imported vaccines, the nation’s population can be vaccinated using some of the nation’s 40 year old stock of smallpox vaccines, which are still safe to use and 85% effective in preventing monkeypox, according to Thailand’s Department of Medical Sciences.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Nation Thailand

 

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A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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