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Department of Health Secures Mpox Treatment

The Department of Health has recently announced the acquisition of Tecovirimat, also known as TPOXX or ST-246, to treat patients suffering from severe complications due to MPox.

Efforts are ongoing to secure additional treatments and vaccines in preparation for potential future needs.

Currently, any patients with mild MPox cases will continue to receive supportive care, which includes managing symptoms like fever, pneumonia, and skin infections.

The department emphasizes that anyone with suspected MPox symptoms or who has shown physical contact with confirmed cases should seek clinical evaluation at healthcare facilities. This advice applies to everyone, regardless of gender, age, or sexual orientation, as mpox is both preventable and treatable.

The Department of Health also reminds the public of the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of mpox and other illnesses. Regular handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating, touching the face, and after using the bathroom, remains a key preventive measure.

In recent developments, six new laboratory-confirmed mpox cases have been detected, bringing the country’s total from 7 to 13.

These cases include seven in KwaZulu-Natal, five in Gauteng, and one in the Western Cape.

Stephen Seakgwe

Stephen Seakgwe is the editor of Mapepeza. He is a working journalist covering general and investigative stories for the newspaper and online platforms. Stephen is an experienced and driven Media Specialist with over eight years of experience creating compelling content across multiple media platforms for a range of brands.

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