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The Thailand Department of Disease Control reported Thursday a case of monkeypox in Phuket.

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Dr. Opas Karn Kawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Disease Control said he had been notified by a private hospital in Phuket. The patient is a male, 27-year-old Nigerian national with a history of traveling from Nigeria.

Information on the illness reveals in the past 1 week, the following symptoms were presented:  fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, red rash, red pustules, pustules starting from the genitals spread to the face, trunk and arms.

Samples were collected and initially, the PCR results found monkeypox virus by a laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University (TRC-EIDCC) and later confirmed by the laboratory of the Department of Medical Sciences.

This is the first confirmed monkeypox case in Thailand.