The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) says contact tracing has begun to identify any other linked cases of Monkeypox in South Africa.
Health Minister Joe Phaala had earlier announced that South Africa had recorded its first case of Monkeypox.
The NICD said in a statement that the case was identified through laboratory testing and involves a 30-year-old man from Gauteng with no travel history.
A case #monkeypox has been identified in South Africa. The case concerns a 30-year-old man residing in the province of Gauteng. Monkeypox is rarely fatal. Severe cases can occur in children, pregnant women and immunocompromised people https://t.co/dJ2j2aBGe1 pic.twitter.com/G9XPk0RBgI
– NICD (@nicd_sa) June 23, 2022
The institute says the disease is transmissible through close human contact, including sexual contact.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends increasing vigilance for cases with contact tracing and follow-up of laboratory-confirmed cases.
Isolation of confirmed cases helps prevent transmission.
The video below discusses Monkeypox: