The Malawi Ministry of Health has refuted claims that the country has registered a case of Monkey pox.
This follows the death of one person in Chiradzulu district who according to initial reports had died due to Monkey pox.
In a press release, secretary for health Dr Charles Mwansambo has refuted claims that the patient died due to monkey pox.
He said the ministry, using the WHO recommended Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response (IDSR) investigated the case and found otherwise.
“Using IDSR we started investigating the case including getting specialist opinion from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital which it is indicating that it is not a case of Monkey pox but disseminated varicella disease which affects the skin, brain, liver and lungs (encephalitis, hepatitis and pneumonitis) and it is caused by varicella virus, the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles,” said Mwansambo.
He said that the deceased had not travelled outside the country and neither had he been in contact with any known case of Monkey pox.
“Through the public health reference laboratory at the community health sciences unit (CHSU) in Lilongwe, the ministry will proceed to process samples from the case to guide the definitive diagnosis, “he added.
Meanwhile, the ministry says it will continue working with WHO in monitoring the Monkey pox global situation. It has advised the general public to practice personal hygiene and immediately seek medical attention when feeling unwell.