Ministry of Health intensive surveillance for chickenpox Emphasize surveillance measures for screening patients in international airports, hospitals and specialized clinics. Reveal the situation in Thailand No confirmed case of smallpox has yet been found. But found all 10 suspected cases, most of them infected with the herpes virus. Expected to be infected at a boxing training ground

Today (23 June 2022) Dr. Opas Karn Kawinpong Director-General of the Department of Disease Control said that the Ministry of Public Health emphasized the surveillance measures for intensive screening of chickenpox patients. in international airports, hospitals and specialized clinics The situation of smallpox in Thailand has not been confirmed yet. But it has been reported by the international disease control checkpoint. And from both public and private hospitals, a total of 10 suspected cases were found, all of them being foreigners. and did not detect smallpox Of which 6 were confirmed by laboratory tests. Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 was found, and all six had a history of being linked to boxing sessions at boxing training grounds used by many foreign tourists. especially in the tourist areas of Phuket and Krabi, and the other 4 cases are skin infections.

The local health authorities have coordinated to advise the boxing training grounds where all patients are found. Regularly clean and disinfect training equipment and facilities. If those who come to practice boxing with symptoms Especially if there is a rash or blisters or pustules, see a doctor and report travel history and participate in risky activities. including emphasizing that the personnel Doctors and health workers help to watch out for the outbreak of Herpes Simplex Virus in the area as a tourist destination.

Dr. Chakrarat Pittayawong Anon Director of the Division of Epidemiology added that In a preliminary investigation of the latest suspected cases via the Public Health Emergency Operations Center, Department of Disease Control, in case of smallpox Received a report from a private hospital In Samut Prakan Province on June 21, 65, found a suspected patient, male, 21 years old, Australian boxer. Arrived in Thailand on June 7, 65, has a history of going to practice boxing at a boxing training stadium. In Pathum Thani province, he started to have fever, cough, sore throat and started to develop a red rash, blisters, pustules on his face, neck and arms. Confirmed that the smallpox was not detected. Currently, we are accelerating the detection of the cause of the disease. and emphasized that Chickenpox is more difficult to contagious than COVID-19 because it requires close contact with infecting patients. This is the stage where symptoms appear, such as fever, pustules on the skin.

For the situation of chickenpox around the world From May 7 to June 22, 65, 3,157 confirmed cases from a total of 45 countries have been confirmed in Southeast Asia. First confirmed case of chickenpox found in Singapore A 42-year-old British flight attendant with a history of traveling to Singapore between June 15-17, 65 and returned on June 19, 65. He started having a headache on June 14. and had a fever on June 16, symptoms disappeared, and a rash appeared on June 19, so he had to undergo medical examinations. In tele-consultation that night, he was taken to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD) and tested on June 20 by searching for contacts (contact tracing). 13 high-risk close contacts were found. During the 21-day quarantine, two other low-risk close contacts are under daily follow-up for 21 days, counting as imported cases operated by the Singapore Health Authority. disease control and risk assessment especially those who have a history of going to the same place as the confirmed patient.


Information: Public Health Emergency Operations Center Smallpox case / Risk Communication Bureau, Department of Disease Control

June 23, 2022

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