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Thailand Opens Monkeypox Emergency Center

The smallpox vaccine did more than protect against smallpox. It also reduced the risk of contracting a related illness called monkeypox, which produces the same combination of scabby bumps and fever. It’s milder than smallpox but it’s still a serious affliction. In Africa, where monkeypox originates from, it kills anywhere from 1-10% of those who are infected. And more and more people are becoming infected.
The smallpox vaccine did more than protect against smallpox. It also reduced the risk of contracting a related illness called monkeypox, which produces the same combination of scabby bumps and fever. It’s milder than smallpox but it’s still a serious affliction. In Africa, where monkeypox originates from, it kills anywhere from 1-10% of those who are infected. And more and more people are becoming infected.

The Department of Disease Control has set up an emergency operations center to handle monkeypox issues as officials begin screening arrivals from the countries where the disease is spreading.

Dr. Chakkarat Pitayawong-anon, epidemiology director of the department, said the disease was spreading in many countries, so Thailand had to raise its surveillance because there was not a specific cure for the disease which could be transmitted among humans.

Officials at airports were carefully screening arrivals from high-risk countries including Nigeria, Congo, England, Spain and Portugal and especially looking for those with rashes, he said.

The government was sharing with the people health advice via a QR code and recommending arrivals from the countries immediately see a local doctor and report their countries of origin if they had a fever or rashes, Dr. Chakkarat said.