Passengers arriving in Thailand from countries where monkeypox has been detected are required to show a health declaration
Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) has imposed strict rules for screening visitors arriving from countries where monkeypox has been detected, the Bangkok Post reports.
Tourists arriving in Thailand will have to fill out health declaration cards, which will be presented upon arrival. The QR code placed at the card has to be scanned so the arriving tourists can get the information on the symptoms and inform about them after their arrival. Then they can be advised where to get medical help.
The Department of Disease Control in Thailand has set up an emergency operations center (EOC) to monitor the spread of the virus and has required immigration officials to monitor visitors from Central and West Africa, Britain, Spain and Portugal where the virus has been detected. All visitors found to have possible symptoms will be hospitalized for tests.
The Emergency Operations Center will help screen incoming tourists who may be at risk of contracting the virus after traveling to countries with outbreaks, said Dr. Chakkarat Pitayavonganon, director of the epidemiology department at the CDC.
Thailand has had to set up an Emergency Operations Center to closely monitor the outbreak abroad, even though no cases have yet been reported in the kingdom. According to the doctor, the purpose of the center is to monitor cases overseas and to keep up-to-date on how to prevent the spread of the monkeypox virus in Thailand.
Dr. Chakkarat said the virus can be transmitted from one person to another through close contact with skin lesions, exchange of body fluids, airborne transmission or through contaminated materials. He also noted that during the incubation period, infected people may not show visible symptoms, such as a rash and emerging spots that turn into blisters and then scabs.
Infected travelers can be screened at immigration and enter Thailand. However, officials will keep a close eye on passengers from countries where the outbreak has occurred. The doctor added that passengers must fill out medical declaration cards before arriving for inspection. The cards will ask questions about possible symptoms.
Initial symptoms include high fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, chills and exhaustion. The Department of Health Sciences is responsible for collecting samples from campers who may have these symptoms.
Dr. Chakkarat explained that the monkeypox virus has existed in Africa for many years, but travelers have recently brought it to Europe, and the infection is likely to spread from there. According to him, monkeypox causes symptoms similar to those of smallpox, although they are often less severe.
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