17 close contact people from Thailand’s first official case of monkey pox in Phuket are being tested after an active case finding investigation by relevant agencies and officials.
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A Nigerian man in Phuket who has been confirmed as Thailand’s first official infection of monkey pox is being traced by Thai police after officials have been unable to contact him and the man has disappeared. It has now been discovered the man is not a recent tourist but on overstay since last year.
Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) told the Phuket Express today (July 25th), “We have done an active case finding from six places in Phuket which have connections with the Nigerian patient. From 19 of the high-risk close contact people, two of them have been confirmed negative while 17 of them are waiting for results. However, they have been quarantined for 21 days under the jurisdiction of medical staff. At this stage, no more monkey pox cases have been confirmed in Phuket yet.”
*** UPDATE this afternoon Dr Kusak told the Phuket Express, “All 19 of the high – risk close contact people have been confirmed negative from monkey pox.” ***
Today, July 25th, 2022, Thai Government Spokesman Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonchana told the Thai media “We have confirmed that the Nigerian man who has been confirmed as Thailand’s first official infection of monkey pox has already left Thailand and is in hospital care in Cambodia. We have no plans to request him to return to Thailand.”
“However, the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan O’Cha has ordered the Public Health Department and Immigration Offices to fully prepare in handling with the monkey pox disease after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak as a “public health emergency of international concern”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday, July 23rd,” Mr. Thanakorn added.
Meetings with the Department of Disease Control are expected later today after Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul declared monkeypox alert levels to be raised and to be closely monitored nationwide.