British International School, Phuket
Tengoku British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Thailand’s first monkeypox case reported in Phuket

Thailand’s first monkeypox case reported in Phuket

BANGKOK: Thailand has recorded its first case of monkeypox, and the infection was diagnosed in a 27-year-old Nigerian man who travelled from Nigeria to Phuket, the Department of Disease Control (DDC) reported on Thursday evening (July 21).

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 21 July 2022, 11:59PM

Photo: WHO

Photo: WHO

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, DDC Director-General, said a joint investigation team was sent to a private hospital in Phuket on Monday (July 18) after the hospital suspected that one of its patients had monkeypox symptoms, reports the Bangkok Post**

Last week, the patient was admitted to the hospital with fever, coughing, sore throat and runny nose. He also had rashes and lesions in his genital area, and they had spread to other parts of his body and face.

A PCR lab test from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Center found that the man had monkeypox on Tuesday. He was later confirmed by DDC lab testing to have the virus. 

Dr Opas said disease control officials in the province had been instructed to monitor and identify any other potential cases in the province, to help limit the spread.

The National Disease Control Committee concluded on Thursday that this was Thailand’s first case of monkeypox.

tile-it - Phuket’s Quality Tile Boutique

The DDC chief urged people not to panic as the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet declared monkeypox as a global emergency because the symptoms are not severe.

On Thursday, WHO experts had a meeting to decide whether a surge in infections outside Africa since May now constitutes a global health emergency. 

There are now more than 15,000 monkeypox cases worldwide, with five deaths reported in Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest report.

** To date Phuket officials have not publicly confirmed any infections of monkeypox on the island.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Jor12 | 22 July 2022 - 18:20:42

Just a guess Nasa, I would say someone with a communicable disease running about in public or in private, the general population surely should be informed and take remedial action or exercise caution...unless of course you want to be infected as well; don't care or don't want to know about it.

Nasa12 | 22 July 2022 - 16:34:16

And now he run away from this private hospital in Phuket, Immigration and police looking for him. Why PN write about that ?


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Charity event confirmed to support World Stroke Day

yes i also though this was really need it charity raise.. next let do one for the world scam day.....(Read More)

Singaporean tourist killed in collision with tour bus

can they test the drovers ( Thai ) to see if any Alcohol or drugs had been used ? ...(Read More)

500,000 baby shrimp released for Queen Sirikit’s birthday

Actually JohnC and I much of the time think the same of matters. However, we articulate different. N...(Read More)

Police nab more drug and firearms offenders

JohnC is right. It seems the 5 raids/5 arrests were done as a training session for RTP officers wit...(Read More)

Ousted Sri Lankan leader to visit city

The ousted refugee Sri Lanka leader is since his 'abdication' a jobless foreign civilian, no...(Read More)

Singaporean tourist killed in collision with tour bus

Of course, the "preliminary investigation" by police instantly blames the tourist. Is it p...(Read More)

500,000 baby shrimp released for Queen Sirikit’s birthday

Dek missed the point that I supported/added to JohnC's comment...(Read More)

Police nab more drug and firearms offenders

Is it really necessary to write a whole paragraph (the longest paragraph) just to list the names of ...(Read More)

Phuket mangrove land corruption probe falters

So, Khun governor orders all corrupt officials involved in this hotbed of corruption to "help r...(Read More)

Ousted Sri Lankan leader to visit city

@Kurt Maybe you could send a note to the government or immigration about international rules accomp...(Read More)