Monkeypox is now considered an infectious disease that must be closely monitored.
The Ministry of Public Health announced on Wednesday that screening efforts are being increased to prevent the spread of the viral disease, despite the fact that no cases have been discovered in the country so far.
According to Dr. Chakrarat Pittayawonganon, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control, the ministry’s academic council decided on Tuesday to raise the status of monkeypox (DDC).
There have been no reported instances since Thailand began screening overseas travelers on Tuesday, therefore it hasn’t been designated as a serious communicable disease like Covid-19.
He also claims that the sickness is significantly less contagious than the novel coronavirus. Dr. Chakrarat stated, “Actually, Thailand has never reported any instances of monkeypox.”
Although the majority of those who are infected recover without medical assistance, some, particularly immunocompromised youngsters, may endure severe symptoms, he noted.
He went on to say that complications could include deadly infections in the lungs, brain, circulation, and corneas.
Monkeypox has been verified in 131 cases and 106 probable cases in 19 countries, according to WHO records.
The West African clade and the Central African clade are two biological groups to which the virus belongs.
According to Dr. Chakrarat, the former is far less lethal, with a death rate of 1% compared to 10% for the Central African lineage.
Prof Dr. Wasun Chantratita, head of the Centre for Medical Genomics at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine’s Ramathibodi Hospital, said the first monkeypox test kit should be available in two weeks.