South Africa reports first case of monkeypox, patient has no travel history
The first case of monkeypox in South Africa has been confirmed, according to the nation’s laboratory services, according to South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla on Thursday.
“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.South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla
According to Phaahla, the patient was a 30-year-old male from Johannesburg who had no history of travel, “indicating that this cannot be linked to having been acquired outside of South Africa.”
Monkeypox is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions. It is endemic in parts of Africa, but not South Africa. It is usually mild and self-limiting with a fatality rate of 1%.
The current outbreak is dominated by high numbers in Europe – the UK, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France. Cases have also been reported in the USA and Canada.
The World Health Organization will decide TODAY whether to declare monkeypox a global health emergency. Leading African scientists have criticized that, claiming that several African countries have been in a crisis for years.