South Africa: Contact tracing underway for first confirmed monkeypox case in South Africa

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The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has confirmed that contact tracing is underway for the first case of monkeypox identified in South Africa. The disease is considered mild and tends to move slowly through a population. Large-scale vaccination is currently not considered necessary.

Contact tracing based on the first case of monkeypox identified in South Africa is currently underway. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) was notified of a potential case via its hotline on Monday, June 20, said Nevashan Govender, head of the NICD’s emergency operations center.

On Wednesday, lab tests confirmed the case to be monkeypox.

“Unfortunately, because there is no travel history for this particular case, it means the disease was acquired locally. So… the case finding process is ongoing,” Dr Jacqueline said. Weyer, senior senior medical scientist at NICD.

“The idea is to identify the contact the individual had, in the time period that would make sense for when we would expect them to have contracted the disease.”

Read in Daily Maverick: First case of monkeypox confirmed in South Africa

Govender and Weyer were speaking Thursday at a press briefing hosted by the NICD. Weyer…

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