Phaahla: Monkeypox is no cause for concern

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has today confirmed that a case of monkeypox has been detected in the country. Monkeypox is a virus transmitted to humans from animals. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Monkeypox is not a severe disease. That's according to Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla.

Phaahla earlier announced that the country has recorded its first case.

READ: First Monkeypox case confirmed in SA

The symptoms include headache and fever.

Phaahla says monkeypox is no cause for concern.

READ: More than 700 monkeypox cases globally, 21 in US: CDC

"Monkeypox is usually a very mild disease manifesting as blisters on the skin. it is usually mild and self-limiting with a very limited fatality rate," Phaahla said.

The NICD said monkeypox spreads through close contact such as kissing, cuddling or touching parts of the body with monkeypox lesions (wound).

"The virus is not very contagious and does not spread in the same way as viruses such as flu and COVID-19," the NICD said.


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