Thai Department of Disease Control says three suspected cases of monkeypox were “just herpes”, urges public not to panic


Three reported suspected cases of monkeypox are actually herpes, said one of Thailand’s leading doctors with the Department of Disease Control (DDC) this afternoon, May 29th, 2022.

The cases had been brought under review late last week and were considered suspicious by the DDC.

However, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, stated that preliminary evidence showed that the three suspicious cases currently under treatment are not monkeypox but rather herpes.

Dr. Opas also stressed for the public to stay calm and said that monkeypox was not as transmissible as Covid-19 and as a result people should be aware but not change their daily lives or rhythm. He also stated he sees no sign of having to implement any health restrictions or lockdowns, answering rumors online.

Dr. Opas also said that so far no cases of monkeypox had been discovered in Thailand and that authorities were continuing to screen foreign arrivals from high-risk areas with health surveys and asking anyone showing symptoms of monkeypox, such as blisters or unusual rashes, to immediately seek treatment and inform a doctor.

Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.