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Travelers to South Africa to be screened for Monkeypox

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Port health officials have announced the development of an outbreak preparedness plan for managing monkeypox (Mpox) at South Africa’s entry points.

The number of confirmed Mpox cases in South Africa has reached 16 since the outbreak began in May 2024, with three reported deaths.

In response to these cases, the Border Management Authority (BMA) is instituting screening protocols for incoming travelers, as confirmed by the National Department of Health.

Dr. Michael Masiapato, Commissioner of South Africa’s Border Management Authority, outlined the screening process. Initially, conveyance operators such as aircraft captains and crew members must declare the health status of travelers onboard in accordance with International Health Regulations. Subsequently, thermal screening will be conducted to detect elevated temperatures among passengers. Those showing symptoms will undergo isolation and further evaluation by Port Health officials.

Additionally, BMA Port Health Officers will independently observe travelers under investigation using non-invasive methods.

Monkeypox, prevalent in West and Central Africa, is highly contagious and characterized by symptoms like a painful rash, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Transmission occurs primarily through physical contact, with most individuals recovering fully, though severe cases can occur.

In other news – Masvingo-Mbalabala Highway Accident Claims 4 Lives

Police have confirmed a fatal road traffic accident that took place at the 55km mark along the Masvingo-Mbalabala Highway earlier this week. The incident resulted in the death of four individuals, with two others sustaining injuries.

According to authorities, the accident occurred when a Nissan Note carrying five passengers collided with a Freightliner truck. Read More

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