Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul revealed on Monday, August 29th, that the Department of Disease Control has followed its measures to monitor the two latest Monkeypox cases in Thailand and to track their high-risk contracts to prevent the domestic spread.
The seventh case of Monkeypox was confirmed on Sunday to be a 37-year-old Thai woman from Bangkok who had a history of sexual activities with a foreign man before having suspicious symptoms on August 20th. She was confirmed to be infected on Friday, August 26th. Three of her close contacts, including the foreign man, were identified and ordered for health observation for 21 days.
Anutin further stated that the discovery of a new case reflects effective patient screening measures of public health and the fact that the patient sought medical treatment by herself at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute also proved that people began to acknowledge more about the disease and its symptoms.
Meanwhile, the Department of Disease Control would continue investigations against the close contacts and monitor their symptoms until September 11th.
“All of the seven Monkeypox cases were mostly caused by risky behaviors such as changing sexual partners and having sexual activities with strangers. We try to inform the public about this as much as we can and about the fact that Monkeypox isn’t scary. If you don’t have risky behaviors as such, then you’re fine. And it’s not a severe disease, it can be cured,” the Minister added.