Phuket Public Health Department confirms no monkeypox has been found in foreign tourists after online rumors


The Phuket Pubic Health Department has confirmed no cases of monkeypox were found in Phuket after online rumors about foreign tourists testing positive. The cases were herpes, and not monkeypox.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Deputy Chief Doctor Mueanprea Boonlaom told the Phuket Express, “No tourist has been found infected with monkeypox. It is a rumor. Those tourists are just infected with herpes.”

“However, patients who have herpes must avoid close contact with others and the areas where they live should be cleaned and sanitized.” Mueanprea stated.

“We have strictly followed health measurements regarding people who arrived in Phuket from other countries especially from countries that have had positive cases of monkeypox. Monkeypox is a much lower risk for spreading infection to others than Covid-19. Mueanprea concluded.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.