Health Department Scheduled to Receive Mpox Medication as Cases Rise to Seven

Increase in Mpox Cases

Mpox Medication

The number of patients who have tested positive for Mpox has increased to seven, the health department confirmed. All patients who had tested positive were living with chronic illnesses such as HIV, suggesting a high probability of them being immunocompromised unless adherent to prescribed treatment.

Latest Case in Cape Town

The latest confirmed case is a 39-year-old man who was admitted to a local private health facility in Cape Town on May 28. The man tested positive for Mpox on Thursday at a private laboratory. The patient presented with extensive lesions and is RVD positive with an unknown CD4 count.

Case Distribution

The department provided the following distribution of cases across regions:

RegionNumber of Cases
KwaZulu-Natal4
Gauteng2
Cape Town1

Residential Information

“Just like case number six, the latest patient listed his residential address as Northcliff, Gauteng,” said department spokesperson Foster Mohale.

Mpox Medication: Importance of Treatment Adherence

The department urged individuals taking medication for any health condition to adhere to treatment as per their healthcare provider’s guidance to minimize the risk of serious health complications in case they contract Mpox or other diseases.

“Treatment adherence can prevent new or worsening health problems and failure to adhere to your prescriptions can negatively affect the quality of your life,” Mohale said.

Upcoming Medication

The department will receive a batch of Tecovirimat, which experts describe as effective in preventing morbidity and mortality associated with Mpox, especially when initiated within a few days of incubation and diagnosis.

Mortality and Surveillance Efforts

The first death occurred at Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng, and the second happened at a hospital in uMgungundlovu, KwaZulu-Natal.

Mohale stated that the department is working closely with other stakeholders and will continue with surveillance, contact tracing, and health education across the country to determine the burden of the disease and empower citizens with information to make well-informed health choices.

“The effectiveness of contact tracing and case finding depends on the cooperation and accuracy of information provided by both confirmed and suspected cases,” he said.

Common Symptoms of Mpox

Some of the common symptoms of Mpox include:

  • Rash lasting 2-4 weeks
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Back pain
  • Low energy
  • Swollen glands (lymph nodes)

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

Source: Sowetan

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