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  has no monkeypox but on high alert of infection NICD Alert Johannesburg May 23 2022 South Africa says that it does not currently have any monkeypox cases but faced the risk of importing said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD on Monday The implications for South Africa are that the risk of importation of monkeypox is a reality as lessons learned from COVID 19 pandemuc have illustrated that outbreaks in another part of the world can fast become a global concern said NICD Executive Director Adrian Puren The World Health Organisation WHO said that it does not recommend any travel restrictions as of yet However Puren said anyone entering South Africa and experiencing illness during travel or upon return from an endemic zone should inform a healthcare professional taking into account recent travel vaccination history and contacting any known cases Dr Jacqueline Weyer from the Special Viral Pathogens Division at the Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases declared that the NICD Sequencing Core Facility would be able to provide sequencing analysis rapidly in the event a case was identified so that it could be compared to the current outbreak strain NAN
S/Africa has no monkeypox but on high alert of infection-NICD

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Johannesburg, May 23, 2022 South Africa says that it does not currently have any monkeypox cases but faced the risk of importing, said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Monday.

South Africa

“The implications for South Africa are that the risk of importation of monkeypox is a reality as lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemuc have illustrated that outbreaks in another part of the world can fast become a global concern,’’ said NICD Executive Director Adrian Puren.

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it does not recommend any travel restrictions as of yet.

South Africa

However, Puren said anyone entering South Africa and experiencing illness during travel or upon return from an endemic zone should inform a healthcare professional, taking into account recent travel, vaccination history, and contacting any known cases.

Jacqueline Weyer

Dr. Jacqueline Weyer from the Special Viral Pathogens Division at the Centre for Emerging, Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases declared that the NICD Sequencing Core Facility would be able to provide sequencing analysis rapidly in the event a case was identified so that it could be compared to the current outbreak strain.

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