BREAKING: Thailand’s first monkeypox case allegedly escapes Phuket hospital

Edit: Inaccuracies in this story have been corrected in a recent update.

Thailand recorded its first case of monkeypox yesterday. During the night, the 27 year old Nigerian man allegedly escaped from a private hospital in Phuket and drove away in a white car. Officials are currently tracking him down but his whereabouts are unknown.

At present, no further details are available. Phuket governor Narong Woonciew will give an urgent press release on the matter at 11am. The Thaiger will update the story once more information is available.

The man recently travelled from Nigeria to Thailand and presented the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and skin lesions. His PCR test result came back positive for the monkeypox virus.

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A total of 15,378 cases have been reported worldwide since the start of the 2022 monkeypox outbreak.

SOURCE: Daily News

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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