South Africa Reports Its First Fatal Case of Mpox

South Africa Reports Its First Fatal Case of Mpox
Reuters Mpox, formerly called monkeypox, is a viral infection transmitted through close contact

The health minister of South Africa, Joe Phaahla, revealed the first verified death in the country due to the Mpox virus, which was formerly known as monkeypox. The 37-year-old male victim passed away on Monday following three days of hospitalization in the province of Gauteng due to the infection.

One case was reported in Gauteng and three in KwaZulu-Natal; all five were deemed severe enough to require hospitalization, according to Minister Phaahla. The men infected were all in their 30s and 40s, and none of them had been anywhere near a Mpox outbreak, suggesting that the disease was transmitted locally.

The earliest signs of mumps, which can be transmitted by intimate contact, include a high temperature, headaches, swellings, back discomfort, and muscular aches. In certain cases, a rash may also appear. Although the Mpox outbreak in 2022 was labeled a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), the situation was deemed under control last year. But in some nations, isolated cases are still popping up.

When asked about the seriousness of the situation, Minister Phaahla said, “One death is too many, especially from a preventable and manageable disease.” He stressed the significance of contact tracing and urged those who may be having symptoms to get medical help immediately.

In addition, Minister Phaahla stressed that the five individuals who were diagnosed had immune weaknesses to begin with and had contracted the disease since May. Two people have been released from the hospital at this time, while the other two are still receiving treatment.

We will thoroughly monitor everybody who came into contact with the deceased for 21 days as a preventive measure. The World Health Organization reports that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still home to an endemic strain of the disease that was initially detected in 1970, when the first human case of Mpox was reported there.

Finally, the development of Mpox in South Africa highlights the significance of being alert and getting medical help quickly when infectious diseases are suspected. Reducing the severity and impact of such epidemics requires public education, strict adherence to preventative measures, and effective administration of healthcare systems.


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