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Anutin says suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand are actually herpes

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Anutin says suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand are actually herpes
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Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin announced yesterday that suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand turned out to be herpes. The suspected cases were from travellers coming from countries where monkeypox cases have been reported. Anutin said there are so far no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Thailand.

Anutin said he had been informed of the monkeypox situation by Dr. Rome Buathong of the International Communicable Disease Control and Quarantine Division.

Anutin made the statement after returning from the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. There, he asked the World Health Organisation for help securing supplies of the smallpox vaccine, according to a Bangkok Post report.

Thailand has yet to report a single case of monkeypox infection but Anutin says that as the number of foreign arrivals increases, this heightens the risk of the virus being imported. The government is therefore seeking vaccine supplies in order to boost immunity.

However, a prominent Thai paediatrician, Dr Somsak Lolekha, says monkeypox will not become a major risk to public health, given that a large proportion of Thais have already been vaccinated against smallpox. According to the medic, studies in Africa have shown that the smallpox vaccine offers at least 85% protection against monkeypox and this protection can last a lifetime.

“Immunity induced by the smallpox vaccine can last up to 80 years after vaccination.”

Thailand no longer routinely administers smallpox vaccines after the WHO declared the virus eradicated in 1980. The administration of the vaccine stopped at that point, due to the risk of serious side-effects in people with compromised immune systems. Live attenuated vaccines, such as the smallpox one, have been shown, on occasion, to cause adverse, often deadly, side-effects in high-risk groups.

SOURCE: Sanook


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