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Phuket health chief disses rumours of new monkeypox case

Phuket health chief disses rumours of new monkeypox case

PHUKET: Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, has dismissed reports that a man brought to Vachira Phuket Hospital for serious infection yesterday (July 26) has monkeypox.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 27 July 2022, 01:24PM

PPHO Chief Dr Kusak dismissed rumours that a woman had contracted monkeypox from Nigerian national Osmond Chihazirim Nzerem, and that the man brought to Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday had no contact with Mr Nzerem too. Photo: PR Phuket / file

PPHO Chief Dr Kusak dismissed rumours that a woman had contracted monkeypox from Nigerian national Osmond Chihazirim Nzerem, and that the man brought to Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday had no contact with Mr Nzerem too. Photo: PR Phuket / file

However, he also explained that health officials were waiting on blood test results to confirm the diagnosis.

“Phuket has no more monkeypox cases. The quarantine of a Thai male patient is in accordance with medical measures for intensive surveillance and prevention of chickenpox,” he said during a live broadcast on Radio Thailand Phuket this morning (July 27).

Dr Kusak said the man, who was transported from Thalang Hospital to Vachira Phuket Hospital yesterday afternoon, had been placed in quarantine as standard procedure.

“Phuket has not had any further reported cases of monkeypox after one person infected with monkeypox was found,” he said, referring to 27-year-old Nigerian national Osmond Chihazirim Nzerem.

“As for the first case of monkeypox, results from collecting samples of 19 high-low risk contacts for laboratory testing has seen all 19 of the test results negative and the symptoms [of the 19] are being monitored,” Dr Kusak continued.

“Medical staff are closely monitoring for symptoms, checking after seven days, 14 days and 21 days, and in high-risk exposed groups after 21 days of quarantine samples will be collected for laboratory testing one more time,” he added.

“As for the case on July 26, there have been rumours that a woman had contracted monkeypox after close relations with the first case involving the Nigerian [man]. I hereby confirm that such information is not true,” Dr Kusak said.

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“The case of the Thai male patient also is not related to or have any connection to the first Nigerian patient. However, such action [quarantine and laboratory tests] is a precautionary measure for safety and is in accordance with the measures for disease detection according to the guidelines that the Ministry of Public Health and the disease control checkpoint operates,” Dr Kusak said.

“The Thai male patient who received treatment had a fever and a rash all over the body, so he came to the hospital to check. He had a fever and a rash, so he was detained for treatment at the hospital and we have collected blood samples for medical tests, for which we must wait one to two days for the results,” he said.

“While waiting for confirmation from the laboratory tests, the patient has been isolated and quarantined to wait for the symptoms to subside, in accordance with medical surveillance measures. Therefore, the people are asked not to panic,” he added.

“I also confirm that monkeypox is difficult to be transmitted. Contact must be direct contact

with those with monkeypox symptoms, which are clearly seen as blisters or pustules on the skin. It can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, including touching when having sex, but the patient will have a rash on the body that can be easily noticed,” Dr Kusak continued.

“This is different from those who are infected with COVID-19, who cannot be confirmed as being infected without being tested,” he said.

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christysweet | 30 July 2022 - 12:51:38

M-pox can also be respirated in - sorry doc, actvities Thailand specializes in  such as prostitution  will simply  aid in even more tourism downturns. For the umpteenth time, it's time to divest from tourism. 

christysweet | 30 July 2022 - 12:33:08

Sars-2; v.B..5, Monkey-pox. Marburg  and a few variations on Ebola all arisen in the last year. This is only the begining of a living entity- Earth ridding  herself of a nasty micbrobe  called Humanity. For the first time in history- it is better to be older than younger esp with all the anti vaxers about.  Get settled in as self sustaining way as possible. 

christysweet | 30 July 2022 - 12:26:32

Difficult to transmit?  This particle lives on the gym equipment for up to 15 days- and on that filthy rag the ignorant bartender  uses to wipe down tables AND dry glasses.  Ewww. 

Jor12 | 29 July 2022 - 17:06:07

Kurt...get some sleep man.

Kurt | 29 July 2022 - 15:47:24

Lovely twisting of Dr Kusak. But it was not a thai woman who got monkeypox from mr Nzeres. Mr Nzeres got monkeypox in Thailand from a thai lady, somewhere in Patong on Phuket. Did PPHO detect that person already? If not, why not? Continuing thai ostrisch behavior? Again throwing the dice to foreigners? Low behavior to those who contribute to Thailands fragile economical standing.

Kurt | 29 July 2022 - 15:33:44

A PPHO doctor presumes not to come out with 'opinions', Pascale! We do that!  Doctors come out with solid medical analysed underbuilt statements. When we read all PPHO/Dr Kusak revealings during last week, it is all loose sand talks he can go in any directing with, when ordered. Nothing scientific.

Pascale | 29 July 2022 - 12:56:43

"probably a bit high on pot"   Thanks for confirming what most of us suspect already ! Probably the reason for the weirdness of your comments. Anyway none of those Doctor's confirmed " Monkeypox" in their statements. Only different opinions. Nothing wrong about that. So please stop being a quack and let professionals have their say.

Nasa12 | 29 July 2022 - 10:24:40

Remember they denied and denied it was Covid-19 in Phuket about 2,5 years ago. And one day they have many hundreds of Covid-19 people sick so they close down every thing. Every areas was closed down for 3 weeks ++. The same here denying again, think Kurt have right.

Kurt | 29 July 2022 - 00:45:51

@Nasa12, the Phuket medical authority (PPHO) holds her horses, probably 'ordered' from higher levels, to keep Phuket officially monkeypox-fee until the BIE Delegation has left. Hopefully none of the Delegation members arriving back home with monkeypox. Than all the street cleaning in Phuket town was for nothing. So, now the Phuket 
 monkeypox invected are hold in 'stables'. 

Kurt | 28 July 2022 - 20:40:39

@pascale, probably a bit high on pot, but you didn't get it that I described the contradictive sayings of 2 Thai doctors. So, please advice me which doctor is "true" in his coming out in the press about monkeypox?

Nasa12 | 28 July 2022 - 12:41:59

Well wait and se, soon coming a outbreak in Patong and after that Rawai and then the rest of Phuket. 

Pascale | 28 July 2022 - 10:18:43

Please Kurt, get some sleep and let "true" doctors handle it !

Kurt | 28 July 2022 - 02:24:30

On 26 July in PN that Dr Weerasak (Vachira) welcomed suspected monkeypox infected. In forming public takes 2-3 days to know test results. But next day, 27 July PPHO chief Kusak already tells us that it are no monkeypox. BEFORE the test results Vachira are out! Is PPHO the medical joker on Phuket, like TAT in tourism? Who to believe? PPHO lying to keep the BIE Delegation unaware?

DeKaaskopp | 27 July 2022 - 20:42:57

As usual the expert for blisters knows everything better again.

Kurt | 27 July 2022 - 16:35:51

The twisting and contradictive bla bla from a PPHO doctor is astonishing. Results tests are not out yet, but it's called chicken pox. It's clearly ordered/not allowed to speak medical truth about monkeypox as long the BIE Delegation is on the island. It's by the day getting stranger. Question for PPHO dr Kusak. Who did infect mr Nzere on Phuket? PPHO clearly don't want to find that...


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