The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has implemented severe screening requirements for travelers arriving from countries where monkeypox has been detected.
Travelers must complete and provide health declaration cards upon arrival. In addition, the cards will include a QR code that must be scanned in order for incoming visitors to receive information on symptoms and report them once they arrive. They can then be directed to medical assistance.
The DDC established an emergency operations center (EOC) to track the virus’s spread, and immigration officers were told to keep an eye out for travelers from Central and West Africa, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal, where the virus had been detected.
Visitors who appear to have symptoms will be admitted to the hospital for testing.
The EOC, according to Dr. Chakkarat Pitayawonganon, director of the department’s epidemiology section, will help screen incoming tourists who may be at risk of contracting the virus after visiting countries where outbreaks have occurred.
Close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials can spread it from one person to another.
Despite the fact that no cases have been reported in Thailand, the EOC was established to actively monitor the outbreak elsewhere.
According to him, the EOC’s goal is to keep an eye on instances around the world and keep up with the latest information on how to prevent the infection.
Infected persons may not develop visible signs like rashes and raised patches that evolve into blisters and finally scabs throughout the incubation period, according to Dr Chakkarat.