JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Thursday he had been told by the country’s laboratory services that they had confirmed South Africa’s first case of monkeypox.
The patient was a 30-year-old man from Johannesburg who had no travel history, “meaning it cannot be attributed to having been acquired outside of South Africa,” Phaahla said during the interview. a press conference.
A contact tracing process is underway, he added.
Monkeypox is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions. It is endemic in parts of Africa, but not in South Africa.
The World Health Organization will decide on Thursday whether or not to declare monkeypox a global health emergency. This has drawn criticism from some leading African scientists who say it has been a crisis for some African countries for years.
(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Anait Miridzhanian; Editing by Estelle Shirbon)