Thailand is building a new emergency centre to track the spread of monkeypox, which has been discovered in tiny numbers in at least 12 countries. According to the Bangkok Post, Thai health officials are closely monitoring the outbreak, according to Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, virologist and director-general of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Disease Control.
According to Dr. Opas, Thailand now needs to be on the watch for visitors from African countries where monkeypox is common, especially now that travel restrictions have been eased. The virus has been found in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden, in addition to the United States, Australia, and Canada. Approximately 100 cases have been reported across Europe thus far.
According to the DDC, monkeypox can be contracted by direct contact with an infected person or animal. Rats and monkeys have been shown to carry the virus. Although human-to-human transmission is uncommon, it can occur via bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, or infected objects. According to specialists, this virus is unlikely to create another outbreak.
At this moment, the bulk of human-to-human transmission occurs through sexual intercourse.
Monkeypox symptoms include fever, rash, body aches, fatigue, headache, and swollen lymph nodes, which can last two to four weeks. Lesions, or the ‘pox’ element of the name, frequently fester during the second and third weeks before drying up and vanishing.
Although monkeypox is rarely deadly, one strain has a 10% mortality rate, with deaths resulting from lung or brain inflammation, as well as dehydration.