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Western Cape records first Mpox case

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A 39-year-old man has tested positive for Mpox as the Western Cape recorded its first case. This brings the country’s total number of Mpox cases to seven.

A 39-year-old man has tested positive for Mpox. File picture: Armand Hough, Independent Media

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape has recorded its first case of Mpox.

In a statement, the Department of Health said that the latest case brings the total number of confirmed Mpox cases to seven.

“The department has noted that [in] all cases, patients are living with chronic illness such as HIV, which suggests a high probability of [the patients being] immuno-compromised unless if adherent to prescribed treatment,” the statement read.

The department said the latest confirmed case is a 39-year-old male patient who was admitted on May 28 at a private health facility in the Western Cape. His results were confirmed on June 13 following a test at a private laboratory.

“The patient presented with extensive lesions and he is RVD positive with unknown CD4,” the department said.

It said just like case number six, the latest patient listed his residential address as Northcliff, Gauteng.

The department is set to receive a batch of Mpox treatment Tecovirimat, which has been described as effective to prevent morbidity and mortality associated with Mpox, especially when initiated within few days of incubation and diagnosis.

“The department, working closely with other stakeholders, will continue with surveillance, contract tracing and health education activities across the country to determine the burden of the disease and empower citizens with information to make well-informed health choices.

“The effectiveness of contract tracing and case finding depends on the co-operation and accuracy of information provided by both confirmed and suspected cases,” the health department said.

Mpox symptoms:

– a rash which may last for 2-4 weeks

– fever

– headache

– muscle aches

– back pain

– low energy

– swollen glands (lymph nodes)

The painful rash looks like blisters or sores and can affect the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, groin, genital and/or anal regions.

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