South Africa confirms third monkeypox case in Swiss tourist

A special ward isolates suspected cases of monkeypox, inside the Kasturba Infectious Diseases Hospital in Mumbai, India, in May. Keystone / Devacant Solanki

South Africa has confirmed a third case of monkeypox for a 42-year-old Swiss tourist, the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health announced.

This content was published on Jul 11, 2022 – 09:53

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The tourist, who was on vacation in South Africa, developed symptoms including a rash, muscle aches and fatigue. He was confirmed to have monkeypox by the South African National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

“Three contacts have already been identified and none of them have shown any signs so far,” Limpopo health official Fyuvi Ramathopa said in a statement.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions. It is endemic in parts of Africa, but not in southern Africa.

More than 50 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with confirmed cases exceeding 7,600. Switzerland had 135 confirmed cases as of July 7.

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