Thailand found 3 more cases of smallpox, asking all hospitals to set up a system for suspected cases.

Thailand found 3 more cases of smallpox, asking all hospitals to set up a system for suspected cases.

The Department of Disease Control found 3 more smallpox cases and were quarantined for treatment at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. Including the latest 18 monkey pox patients in Thailand, 15 of the previous cases have been cured. Asking for cooperation with the hospital. Watch out for suspected cases.

Khor. found 3 more cases of smallpox

on March 24 Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (Khor.) It said it had received reports of three smallpox cases in the past two weeks. (between March 12-23, 2023) According to the epidemiological investigation data, it was found that all three patients were male, aged between 27 and 40 years old, two were Thai and one was a foreigner with a history of residence. in Thailand for about 10 years by all three Never knew each other. However, the last 2 patients gave a history of having sex with a stranger in a service place. by the Department of Disease Control together with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Send a disease control investigation team to the area. Ready to separate groups at risk of exposure to the disease Observe symptoms closely for 3 weeks.

Dr. Tares continued that the situation of smallpox around the world (data as of March 23, 2023) found 86,646 confirmed cases of smallpox, with 112 deaths found in 110 countries, with the trend of global outbreaks decreasing. However, smallpox is still found among men who have sex with men (MSM). The top 10 countries reporting the highest number of new cases in the past 21 days were Bolivia (21), El Salvador (20), Democratic Republic of Congo (18), United Kingdom (17). ), Greece (14), the Netherlands (14), Switzerland (14), Puerto Rico (14), Lebanon (12) and Nigeria (11).

Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong

Recently, there are 18 smallpox patients in Thailand, 15 of which have recovered.

side Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn Deputy Director General Department of Disease Control He said that at present, Thailand has found 18 smallpox patients, of which 15 previous cases have been cured, while the latest 3 patients have been treated at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. and the rash started to improve Which is the location where pustules are found in the genital area, which is likely to become infected during sex with a stranger in a dimly lit brothel The characteristics are similar to smallpox outbreaks in other countries such as Spain and Canada last year.

I request all hospitals to be prepared in case of suspected cases of infection.

In this regard, all hospitals are requested to be prepared in the event that a suspected infected person or person with symptoms is found. to collect samples for confirmation of infection and isolate patients until laboratory results are known in order to prevent the spread of infection and emphasized that People can protect themselves from smallpox. By avoiding close contact with people who have fever and rashes, blisters, pustules around the body. Refrain from having sex or intimate contact with strangers or people who do not know their history. Always wash your hands often. with soapy water or alcohol gel Do not share personal items with others, such as towels.

If there are suspected symptoms such as rashes on the body, raised blisters, blisters, pustules, scabs after fever, sore throat, headache, muscle pain enlarged lymph nodes Especially people with a history of risk. You can report your risk history and get tested for infection at a hospital near you immediately. For more information, please contact the Department of Disease Control hotline, Tel. 1422.

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