MMC Ashley Sauls for Health and Social Development in Johannesburg assured residents on Thursday that the first case of monkeypox found in Gauteng was not a cause for concern.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the case involved a 30-year-old man who lives in Gauteng and has no travel experience. The institute said contact tracing had begun.
Sauls said about 3,000 people around the world had contracted monkeypox since May.
In Africa, most cases have been reported among children Documented for 15 years.
“If you experience monkeypox symptoms such as a rash, swollen lymph nodes and flu-like symptoms, try not to come into contact with anyone and make sure you come in for testing and treatment.
“Most sufferers make a full recovery within two to four weeks without requiring hospital treatment.”
He said the burden of the disease is not considered fatal and people started showing symptoms within seven to 14 days of exposure.
The NICD said infected people or materials could transmit monkeypox.
” Human-to-human infection involves close contact, e.g for example kissing, cuddling and sexual contact with an infected person or infected materials have been contaminated by an infected person, e.g. B. by sharing bedding, clothing and other household items. The virus is not highly transmissible and transmission requires close physical contact. It doesn’t spread like influenza or the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” the institute said.
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