Thailand's 3rd monkeypox case found in Phuket

Thailand's 3rd monkeypox case found in Phuket

Disease control officials clean the room of the country's first monkeypox case in Phuket last month. (Photo: Department of Disease Control)
Disease control officials clean the room of the country's first monkeypox case in Phuket last month. (Photo: Department of Disease Control)

Thailand's third case of monkeypox has been found in Phuket, Department of Disease Control director-general Opas Karnkawinpong said on Wednesday.

Dr Opas said the latest monkeypox case is a 25-year-old German man who arrived in Phuket on July 18 as a tourist.

The man was believed to have caught the virus in another country because the incubation period  is 21 days. Officials were tracking down people who had been in close contact with him, for examination, he said.

Dr Opas said the patient was found to have a fever, with blisters and a rash that began in his groin before spreading to other parts of his body.

As for Thailand's first two monkeypox cases, a Nigerian man and a Thai man, Dr Opas said the two were  recovering steadily without taking antiviral medication. The Nigerian was treated in Cambodia.

He said the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation had ordered monkeypox vaccine from abroad and  delivery was expected this month.


Dr Opas stressed that people infected with monkeypox can recover unaided. It is not severe or easily transmitted, he said.

Vocabulary

  • blister (noun): a swelling on the surface of the skin that is filled with liquid and is caused, for example, by rubbing or burning - แผลพุพอง
  • groin: crotch, area between the legs - บริเวณขาหนีบ
  • incubation: helping something grow to its full form; such as keeping eggs warm in an "incubator" until they can hatch into baby chickens (chicks) - ฟักไข่
  • rash: an area of red spots that appear on your skin when you are ill or have a bad reaction to something that you have eaten or touched - ผื่นคัน
  • severe: very serious and unpleasant - รุนแรง
  • unaided (adjective): without receiving any help - ไม่ได้รับการช่วยเหลือ, ไม่มีใครช่วย
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