Limpopo has confirmed its first case of monkeypox.
This is the third case to be reported in South Africa.
Last month, the National Health Laboratory Service announced that a 30-year-old Johannesburg man had tested positive and had no travel history.
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A week later, a 32-year-old man from Cape Town also tested positive for monkeypox with no travel history.
On Sunday, the Limpopo health department said the National Institute of Communicable Diseases had confirmed that a 42-year-old male tourist from Switzerland, who is on holiday in the province, tested positive for monkeypox.
Provincial Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba said the case presented with signs and symptoms, such as rash, lymphadenopathy, muscle ache and fatigue.
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Ramathuba called on community members not to panic.
She said the department had already sent officials to follow up on the case.
“Three contacts have already been identified and none of them have developed signs thus far.”
She added the department wished to encourage those who interact with a lot of people in their line of work to continue wearing masks, even though Covid-19 protocols have been relaxed.