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  • South Africa: 2022 Monkeypox

    Source: https://www.reuters.com/business/hea...er-2022-06-23/


    South Africa confirms first monkeypox case, not linked to travel
    Reuters
    June 23, 20226:01 AM EDTLast Updated 3 hours ago

    JOHANNESBURG, June 23 (Reuters) - South Africa's Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Thursday that he had been notified by the country's laboratory services that they had confirmed the first monkeypox case in South Africa.

    The patient was a 30-year-old male from Johannesburg who had no travel history, "meaning that this cannot be attributed to having been acquired outside South Africa," Phaahla told a news conference.

    A process of contact tracing was under way, he added...


  • #2
    STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF HEALTH DR JOE PHAAHLA ON THE REPEAL OF REGULATIONS ON NOTIFIABLE MEDICAL CONDITIONS DEALING WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ON MONKEY-POX

    Thursday, June 2022

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    On Monkeypox


    Late yesterday, I received a report from the National Health laboratory Services CEO that they have confirmed through laboratory tests the first case of monkeypox in South Africa. The patient is a 30 year old male from Johannesburg who has no travel history, meaning that this cannot be attributed to having been acquired outside South Africa. Working with the relevant health authorities a process of contact tracing has begun.

    Monkeypox is usually a mild disease manifesting as a blisters on the skin. It is usually mild and self-limiting with a fatality rate of 1%. The disease has previously been reported in African countries such as Nigeria, DRC, CA Republic and Ghana in the early 2000s. The current outbreak is dominated by high numbers in Europe e.g UK, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France. Cases have also been reported in the USA and Canada.

    The NICD is conducting online in service training for our health workers for them to be able to detect the disease so that the necessary laboratory tests can be done. The disease only spread through close droplets so you cannot get by being in the same room with an infected person. Thus far it has been dominant in men who have set with men, but the main feature is hat transmission is through close contact.


    https://sacoronavirus.co.za/2022/06/...on-monkey-pox/

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    MONKEYPOX CASE IDENTIFIED IN SOUTH AFRICA
    The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, confirms that a case of monkeypox has been identified through laboratory testing at the NICD on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. The case involves a 30-year-old male residing in the Gauteng province. He reports no recent travel history. Contact tracing has commenced, identifying any additional linked cases of monkeypox in South Africa.

    Monkeypox is a rare viral infection in humans. Since May 2022, monkeypox has been reported in more than 3 000 individuals from several European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. This is the first multi-country outbreak of monkeypox and is already the largest outbreak of monkeypox recorded. The cases to date mostly involve individuals that self-identify as men having sex with men. Risk factors include reporting multiple sexual partners. Recent large social events are thought to have served as super spreader events.

    Person-to-person transmission involves close contact (for example kissing, cuddling, sexual contact) with an infected person or materials that have been contaminated by an infected person (for example sharing linen, clothes and other household items). The virus is not highly transmissible and close physical contact is required for transmission. It does not spread similarly to influenza or the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

    Monkeypox presents with an acute illness characterised by fever and general flu-like symptoms, followed by the eruption of a blister-like rash on the skin. The disease is rarely fatal and cases typically resolve within two to four weeks. Most cases do not require hospital treatment. Prevention of infection hinges on the isolation of cases until fully recovered. The risk to the general population is considered low, given the low transmissibility of the virus.

    The World Health Organization recommends increasing vigilance for cases with contact tracing and monitoring of laboratory-confirmed cases. Isolation of confirmed cases allows for the prevention of transmission and interruption of the cycle of transmission. Circulation of the monkeypox virus in humans may be eliminated through this classic containment approach. Mass vaccination against the monkeypox virus is not currently recommended.

    For more information on monkeypox, click here.


    https://www.nicd.ac.za/monkeypox-cas...-south-africa/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...-in-cape-town/


      Second case of monkeypox recorded in SA, this time in Cape Town
      28 June 2022 - 17:12 By TIMESLIVE

      A second case of monkeypox has been detected in SA, the national health department reported on Tuesday.

      Health minister Joe Phaahla said the second patient is a 32-year-old male from Cape Town.

      “He has no travel history which suggests that there is a high possibility of local transmission,” said Phaahla. “Though monkeypox is less contagious than smallpox and causes less-severe illness, the situation is slowly evolving with cases being recorded,” Phaahla said...

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        • #5
          Source: https://theparadise.ng/first-case-of...ed-in-limpopo/

          First case of monkeypox confirmed in Limpopo
          by Admin July 10, 2022, 10:10 pm

          Limpopo health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba on Sunday called for calm amid confirmation of the first case of monkeypox in the province.

          The provincial health department said the case has been confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

          “The confirmed case is that of a 42 –year-old male tourist from Switzerland who is holidaying in the province,” the department said.

          It said the case presented with signs and symptoms such as rash, muscle ache and fatigue.

          “We are calling for calm. We can confirm that the case is an outpatient, currently isolating and requires no admission,” Ramathuba said...

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          • #6
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            Minister Joe Phaahla announces fourth Monkeypox case in South Africa

            15 Aug 2022

            Health Minister announces fourth Monkeypox case in South Africa

            Pretoria: Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla would like to announce that a fourth case of Monkeypox has been identified through laboratory testing in a 28-year old male from the Western Cape Province. The patient has travel history to Spain and returned to South Africa on the second week of August 2022.

            A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was performed in a private pathology laboratory and the samples were submitted to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) for sequencing analysis. Public health response measures to prevent the spread of the infection, including contact tracing have been instituted.

            The fourth case follows three unlinked laboratory-confirmed Monkeypox cases that were reported from Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo provinces respectively. These cases were reported in males aged 30, 32 and 42-years who have since completed self-isolation and monitoring period without reported further symptoms and health complications.

            Minister Phaahla will, on Friday this week provide more details on the government`s response to Monkeypox during the planned media briefing.

            For more information or media enquiries, contact:
            Foster Mohale - Director Media Relations
            National Department of Health
            Cell: 072 432 3792
            Email: Foster.mohale@health.gov.za

            Doctor Tshwale - MLO - Health Minister
            National Health Department
            Cell: 063 657 8487
            Email: Doctor.tshwale@health.gov.za

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            https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister...0August%202022.
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            • #7
              Source: https://ewn.co.za/2022/08/19/phaahla...cords-5th-case


              Phaahla says monkeypox outbreak a cause for concern as SA records 5th case
              The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed the fifth case was recorded on Wednesday.
              Kevin Brandt | about 4 hours ago

              CAPE TOWN - South Africa has recorded its fifth case of monkeypox.

              Health Minister Joe Phaahla gave an update on government's response to the outbreak on Friday morning.

              The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed the fifth case was recorded on Wednesday.

              So far, 323 tests for the disease have been conducted.

              Phaahla says the current rise in monkeypox cases has become a cause of concern...

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              • #8
                WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
                AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

                Week 38: 12 - 18 September 2022
                Data as reported by: 17:00; 18 September 2022
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                All events currently being monitored by WHO AFRO
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                South Africa Monkeypox Grade 3

                Date notified to WCO 23-Jun-22
                Start of reporting period 23-Jun-22
                End of reporting period 18-Sep-22

                Total cases 5
                Cases Confirmed 5
                Deaths 0
                CFR 0.0%


                From 22 June 2022 to 18 September 2022, there have been five unlinked laboratory-confirmed monkeypox cases in South Africa. The cases were reported from Gauteng (n = 1), Western Cape (n = 2), Limpopo (n = 1) and Johanesburg (n = 1) provinces.

                https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...1218082022.pdf
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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