South Africa Reports First Case of Monkeypox, Not Travel Related – South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla yesterday said his party had received information from the country’s laboratory services that they had confirmed the first case of monkeypox in South Africa.

The case patient is a 30-year-old man from Johannesburg with no travel history, “meaning this cannot be linked to transmission from outside South Africa,” Phaahla told a news conference.

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The contact tracing process has been carried out, he said, adding.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions. The disease is endemic in some parts of Africa but not in South Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will decide on Thursday whether it will declare monkeypox a global health emergency.

The move has drawn criticism from some of Africa’s leading scientists, who say the disease has been a crisis for several African countries for years. [pan]

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