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Phuket health officials find no monkeypox in Patong

Phuket health officials find no monkeypox in Patong

PHUKET: Phuket health officials have identified 142 people at entertainment venues in Patong who came into close contact with a Nigerian man who is reported by Thai officials as the first person in the country to be confirmed infected with monkeypox.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 24 July 2022, 06:55PM

PPHO Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon. Photo: PR Phuket

PPHO Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon. Photo: PR Phuket

All 142 tested have negative for the disease, Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (Chief) Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon announced today (July 24).

The close contact tracing began after health officials became aware that Nigerian national Osmond Chihazirim Nzerem, 27, had tested positive for monkeypox.

Mr Nzerem fled Phuket on Tuesday (July 19). He has since been arrested in Cambodia.

“Of the close contacts identified, five had a fever, a cough and a sore throat, but no rash, Dr Kusak said today.

“Regardless, samples were collected for laboratory testing, and all five of them tested negative,” he said.

“But in order to ensure the prevention and control measures, the PPHO staff advised everyone to observe their symptoms. If they develop a fever, they are to see a doctor,” he added.

Of the 19 initial close contacts identified, two tested negative while test results were pending of the remaining 17, he said.

The close contacts have been asked to self-quarantine for 21 days, Dr Kusak added.

“Medical staff are to ask them about symptoms after seven days, 14 days and 21 days, and after 21 days of quarantine, samples will be collected for laboratory testing one more time,” he said.

“Monkeypox is a disease that is not easily contagious. Contact must be through close contact. through direct skin contact with an infected person, from direct contact with blood, secretions, pus or pustules,” Dr Kusak noted.

“Contracting monkeypox can be prevented by wearing a mask. washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. Watch out for animal bites or scratches. Do not share items with others,” he said.

“Do not come in close contact with monkeypox patients, and this should leave tourists and people still able to travel to Phuket as usual,” he concluded.

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Nasa12 | 25 July 2022 - 13:30:54

Dr Kusak, come on tell the truth . Don’t worry this man come to Thailand October 21. 2021. So this sickness he get here  in Thailand. And the most of his time he be in Patong and banglaroad. 

Prab | 25 July 2022 - 09:06:29

he must have gone to that place on the hill, and we know that place police never even think to go and check ..LOL 

Timothy | 25 July 2022 - 08:59:18

I'll bet they couldn't find any prostitutes either. They claim that this guy is the first person in the country with monkeypox. Well, he has been here since last October. Where did he get monkeypox? He had to get it from someone else right? 

JohnC | 25 July 2022 - 08:44:12

Big statement to make that Patong has no monkeypox after testing 142 people. What is the current population of Patong? Surely it is much more than that!

Kurt | 25 July 2022 - 07:31:50

Is this ..'please, don't panic' statement of PPHO comforting? I think the answer is 'No'.  We have to sit out a time window of 21 days after a monkeypox patient last body contact with these 142 (!) people on Phuket..No one believes that all these 142 persons come out of this testing program with a 'clean bill'. That is impossible. Are all 142 now in self isolation? No, ...


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