BANGKOK, Aug 27 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): A 21-year-old Thai woman who worked as a traditional Thai masseuse in Qatar has been confirmed as Thailand’s sixth monkeypox patient, the Department of Disease Control (DDC) has announced.
DDC chief executive Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said the department was alerted by Phayakkhaphum Phisai Hospital in Maha Sarakham on August 24 that a patient had tested positive for the virus.
The hospital reported that the patient has allegedly developed blisters in her genital area since August 10 while in Qatar and returned to Thailand on August 21.
She went to the hospital the next day and was admitted immediately because her symptoms indicated she might have monkeypox.
The patient is said to have been in contact with 28 people, four of whom are considered to be in the high-risk group. Everyone has been urged to monitor their symptoms closely.
Opas said the patient started developing symptoms while in Qatar and took preventative measures while traveling in Thailand, including wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing.
Since July, when the first case was detected, Thailand has reported a total of six monkeypox cases. Three of the patients were foreign arrivals and three were locals who had come into contact with foreigners.
Of the six confirmed patients, four have been cured and discharged, while the other two are still undergoing treatment.
Opas added that the 44 people who were at high risk after being in close contact with the first to fifth confirmed patients tested negative for the virus after 21 days of observation.
The virus can be spread by touching the patient’s rash, pustules or body fluids, eating raw meat and touching rodents such as rats, squirrels and primates which may carry the virus.
“If you are traveling to a country with a reported outbreak of monkeypox, avoid touching other people’s animals or bodily fluids or having sex with untested people. Always wear a face mask in public, wash your hands regularly and eat freshly prepared foods,” Opas advised.
“If you find blisters, rashes or pustules on your body along with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes, get tested immediately at the hospital or call the DDC hotline 1422 .”
There are now over 46,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide and 15 deaths. The top five countries with the most cases are the United States, Spain, Brazil, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported on Saturday August 27 that in the past 24 hours, 1,631 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals.
The death toll rose by 29, while 1,667 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.
The number of cumulative cases in the country since January 1, 2022 stands at 2,421,208 with 10,497 deaths.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country stands at 4,644,643 – of which 4,594,331 have recovered, 18,117 are still hospitalized and 32,195 have died. – The Nation Thailand/ANN