Confirmed monkeypox cases in SA rise to 13

The number of confirmed Mpox cases in the country has risen to 13.

The Health Department said that seven of the cases were confirmed in KwaZulu-Natal, five in Gauteng, and one in the Western Cape.

Two people have died from the disease since the first case was confirmed.

Mpox presents symptoms that include a rash, which may last for two to four weeks, fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen glands.

Department spokesperson, Foster Mohale: “The department urges all people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation with suspected Mpox symptoms who had physical contact with known cases to present themselves at the nearest health facility for clinical evaluation because anyone can contract this preventable and treatable disease.”


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