South Africa records 2 more monkeypox cases, urging public vigilance

JOHANNESBURG (Xinhua), June 6 – South Africa’s National Department of Health urged the public on Thursday to be vigilant after two additional monkeypox infections were confirmed in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Foster Mohale is the spokesperson for the Department. He urges citizens who may have had close contact with patients or suspects of monkeypox (also known as Mpox) to visit their nearest healthcare facility.

According to the Department of Health, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases has detected two new cases of Mpox in Durban this week, the city that is the largest in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The preliminary case finding report revealed that two of the recent cases were in contact with another previously confirmed case, suggesting that there may be a local spread, which could lead to an outbreak across the province,” Mohale explained.

Mohale stated that the number of Mpox cases confirmed in South Africa has now reached four. Three are in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and one is in Gauteng Province.

According to the Department, all confirmed cases are South African males in their late 30s and mid-thirties.

Mpox, a rare infectious viral disease that affects humans and is caused by the monkeypoxvirus, is a rare but serious condition. In August 2022, there were monkeypox cases all over the world.

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