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LISTEN | South Africa confirms first monkeypox case - health minister

SA experts say at this point they don't see the need for a monkeypox vaccination campaign in the country. File image.
SA experts say at this point they don't see the need for a monkeypox vaccination campaign in the country. File image.
Image: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

South Africa's Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Thursday that he had been notified by the country's laboratory services that they had confirmed the first monkeypox case in South Africa.

The patient was a 30-year-old male from Johannesburg who had no travel history, "meaning that this cannot be attributed to having been acquired outside South Africa," Phaahla told a news conference.

A process of contact tracing was under way, he added.


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