By Kabelo Abel Mokgalabone
POLOKWANE: The Limpopo Department of Health and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) have announced that the province has confirmed the first case of monkey pox.
The confirmed case is that of a 42-year-old male tourist from Switzerland who is holidaying in the province.
The case presented with signs and symptoms such as rash, lymphadenopathy, muscle ache and fatigue.
Health MEC, Dr Ramathuba has called on the community members not to panic.
“We are calling for calm. We can confirm that the case is an outpatient, currently isolating and requires no admission,” said MEC Ramathuba.
The MEC says the department has already sent officials to follow through the case.
“Three contacts have already been identified and none of them have developed signs thus far,” says MEC.