Additional screening arrangements for travelers from countries where monkeypox has been reported at Thailand’s international airports have now been implemented, focusing on travelers to high-risk countries such as Nigeria and Congo in Central Africa and some countries in Europe.
According to the Department of Disease Control (DDC), passengers now need to fill out and present a health declaration QR code card upon arrival in Thailand, which allows officials to keep track of each passenger.
Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, bloating, muscle aches and fatigue, and usually itchy rashes and sores. The symptoms are similar to chickenpox but less severe. Most people will recover from monkeypox in a few weeks. However, in severe cases, the disease can be fatal. Mortality in young children can be up to 10 percent.
The DDC has set up an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor the spread of monkeypox and instructed relevant units to be vigilant for travelers in Central and West Africa, the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal, where the virus has been detected.
The head of the DCD in Thailand, Dr. Opart Carnkawinpong, said monkeypox had not yet been caught on Thai soil. Even better, most Thai monkeys born before 1981 will be protected from monkeys, thanks to the country’s smallpox vaccination program, which was in the past.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) whose symptoms are similar to those seen in smallpox patients in the past, although it is less clinically severe. It is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to it Orthopedic virus Its lineage Poxviridae Family. The monkeypox virus has two clades: the West African clade and the Congo Basin (Central African) clade. The name MonkeyPix came from the first discovery of the virus in monkeys in 1958 in a Danish laboratory. The first human case was detected in a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.
The monkeypox virus is transmitted from person to person through close contact with contaminants such as wounds, body fluids, droplets, and bed bugs. The incubation period for monkeypox is usually between 6 and 13 days but can range from 5 to 21 days.