Surge in Smallpox Cases: 42 People Infected in 7 Days

Surge in Smallpox Cases: 42 People Infected in 7 Days

Friday, September 22, 2023, 6:55 a.m.

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‘Smallpox’ illnesses surge

42 people infected in 7 days

Warning: 5 risky touches

Urgently check for symptoms.

The Department of Disease Control is concerned about the continued increase in smallpox sick monkeys. In the past 7 days, they encountered 42 people, most of whom were gay men, with 3 cases being bisexual. History of risky sex with someone you don’t know, warns of 5 high-risk contacts Please check your symptoms urgently.

On September 21, Dr. Tharet Krasanairawiwong Director General of the Department of Disease Control The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) said that the latest situation of smallpox in Thailand Accumulated data from 1 January – 18 September has reported a total of 385 patients, including 1 death, who were immunocompromised patients. And this week, 42 ​​more patients were found than last week, 41 males, 1 female, divided into 38 Thai nationalities, accounting for 90.5 percent, 2 Myanmar, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian. New patients at Found 29 people infected with HIV, accounting for 69 percent of all new patients. And the majority were men who love men: 33 cases, bisexuals 3 cases, men who love women 3 cases, 3 unspecified cases, and 17 new patients, accounting for 40.5 percent, have a history of risky sex with someone they don’t know.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control added that Recommendations for those with a history of close contact or having sex with a patient suspected of smallpox, including: 1. having sex with a patient

2. Clean the room or share the bathroom with the patient while the patient has symptoms. 3. Be a caregiver to suspected or smallpox patients while they are sick. 4. Talk to sick people within 1 meter without wearing a mask in a closed place. and 5. Sitting close to a suspected patient or smallpox patient who was coughed on and sneezed on without wearing a mask.

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“If there is such a history Observe yourself for symptoms within 21 days after contact with the patient if you have a fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, enlarged lymph nodes behind the ears, neck, groin, or have a sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, rash, blisters, or pus in the genital area. Anus or surrounding area, including rashes, blisters, pustules on the hands, feet, chest, face, mouth or genitals and around the anus. Hurry and see a doctor quickly. to receive diagnosis and treatment Ready to separate from family members residence or workplace,” Dr. Sophon said and emphasized that Smallpox is preventable. By refraining from having sex with people you don’t know. Do not have skin-to-skin contact with people who have rashes, blisters or pus. It is recommended that you wash your hands frequently. Do not share personal items with others. and have public health departments in every province jointly monitor and follow up on at-risk groups along with communicating ways to prevent the spread of infection For information, please contact the Department of Disease Control hotline, call 1422.

2023-09-21 23:55:00

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