- Jan 3, 2021
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Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says the first case of monkeypox has been reported in South Africa.
The patient is a 30-year-old with no travel history.
"Monkeypox is usually a mild disease manifesting as blisters on the skin. It is usually mild and self-limiting with a fatality rate of 1%. The disease has previously been reported in African countries such as Nigeria, DRC, CA Republic and Ghana in the early 2000s.
"The current outbreak is dominated by high numbers in Europe eg UK, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France. Cases have also been reported in the USA and Canada."
Phaahla said NICD was busy with contact tracing.