Monkeypox: Monitor, Report via MySejahtera If Symptoms Occur

PETALING JAYA: All travellers coming from countries reporting monkeypox cases must complete a card in the MySejahtera app and will receive pop-up messages daily, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister added in a statement on Monday (July 25) that the pop-up message will remind them to monitor themselves for symptoms of monkeypox and their general health.

He said that such travellers are advised to monitor their health for a 21-day period following their arrival in Malaysia.

The symptoms of monkeypox include fever, fatigue, headache, a maculapapular rash that starts on the face and then spreads to the palms and soles followed by other body parts, weak limbs, back pain or joint pain, muscle cramps and and swollen lymph nodes.

“From May 1 until July 23, 2022, a total of 531,630 recorded travellers arrived from countries that reported cases of monkeypox and the MySejahtera application had issued a MonkeypoxHealth Alert to these travellers,” he said.

Khairy urged individuals with symptoms of monkeypox to immediately go to a health facility for examination and further treatment.

“Avoid contact with other people to avoid the spread of infection," said Khairy.

He added that operators of premises that provide services that involve skin contact with customers such as spas, massages outlets and other risky activities are requested to always practise personal and environmental hygiene.

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