The Public Health Ministry has established an emergency operations center to track the spread of the monkeypox virus, which has so far claimed the lives of over 100 people in at least 12 nations.
Despite the fact that the virus has yet to be detected in Thailand, Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said the center will maintain a careful eye on the outbreak’s growth.
He stressed the importance of monitoring now that the country is reopened to foreign visitors, who may spread the virus while traveling, particularly those from endemic countries like Central and West Africa.
Infections have been verified in nine European nations, as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia.
According to Dr. Opas, there were 13,142 arrivals from the United Kingdom, 1,352 from Spain, and 268 from Portugal between May 1 and 22.
After more than 100 cases were discovered in Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) called an emergency conference last Friday to discuss the outbreak.
Monkeypox symptoms are comparable to those of smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980, but they are frequently less severe and less contagious.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the Public Health Ministry to monitor the monkeypox outbreak and educate the public about the disease to avoid panic, according to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.
Monkeypox is transferred to people by close contact with an infected person or animal, according to the DDC, however human-to-human transmission is rare.