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Minister Joe Phaahla announces fourth case of monkeypox in South Africa

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  The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla would like to announce that a fourth case of monkeypox has been identified through laboratory testing in a 28 year old man from the Western Cape province The patient has a history of travel to Spain and returned to South Africa in the second week of August 2022 A polymerase chain reaction PCR test was performed at a private pathology laboratory and samples were sent to the National Institute of Diseases Transmissible NICD for sequencing analysis Public health response measures have been instituted to prevent the spread of infection including contact tracing The fourth case follows three laboratory confirmed unlinked monkeypox cases that were reported in Gauteng Western Cape and Limpopo provinces respectively These cases were reported in men aged 30 32 and 42 who have since completed the self isolation and monitoring period without reporting further symptoms or health complications Minister Phaahla will provide further details on the government s response to monkeypox at a scheduled press conference on Friday this week
Minister Joe Phaahla announces fourth case of monkeypox in South Africa

1 The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, would like to announce that a fourth case of monkeypox has been identified through laboratory testing in a 28-year-old man from the Western Cape province.

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2 The patient has a history of travel to Spain and returned to South Africa in the second week of August 2022.

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3 A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was performed at a private pathology laboratory and samples were sent to the National Institute of Diseases.

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4 Transmissible (NICD) for sequencing analysis.

5 Public health response measures have been instituted to prevent the spread of infection, including contact tracing.

6 The fourth case follows three laboratory-confirmed unlinked monkeypox cases that were reported in Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo provinces, respectively.

7 These cases were reported in men aged 30, 32, and 42 who have since completed the self-isolation and monitoring period without reporting further symptoms or health complications.

8 Minister Phaahla will provide further details on the government’s response to monkeypox at a scheduled press conference on Friday this week.

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