The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department said on Thursday it was on high alert over the monkeypox virus, which is rife in some countries.
Health Minister Nomagugu Simelane allayed fears and said everything possible was being done will. Screen people and cargo arriving from countries where the disease has been confirmed.”
She was speaking on the sidelines of the department’s post-budget stakeholder engagement program in Durban.
< p>Simelane this week reiterated the statement by Director-General for National Health Dr. Sandile Buthelezi that there have been no laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Since 13. cases of monkeypox that are not endemic to WHO have been reported to WHO from 12 member states the monkeypox virus, from three WHO regions.”
“Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. However, cases reported to date have no established travel connections to endemic areas. Based on the available information, cases have been identified primarily, but not exclusively, in men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking treatment in primary care and sexual health clinics.”
Non-endemic countries such as Australia , US, UK, Italy, Canada and France reported cases between May 13th and 21st.
Monkeypox is a virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans and has symptoms similar to those previously seen in Patients with smallpox are clinically less severe.
The virus is transmitted from one person to another through close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials such as bedding. The incubation period is typically six to 13 days, but can range from five to 21 days.
Simelane said the province’s communicable disease surveillance and control systems have been activated and are prepared for any eventuality.
The province’s health facilities “have enough isolation and quarantine beds to accommodate patients should monkeypox strike the province”.
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