A senior Chinese health official advised people to avoid “direct skin-to-skin contact with strangers” after the first case of the virus emerged. monkeypox in the country. China recorded its first case on Friday, in a person who had recently entered the country and was in quarantine. Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, made several recommendations, from the Weibo social network.
Figure of the fight against Covid-19 in China, Wu Zunyou also called on people to avoid this kind of skin-to-skin contact with people who have been abroad in the previous three weeks, as well as with “strangers”. He assured that China’s strict anti-Covid policy, with border control and mandatory quarantine upon arrival, has so far prevented the expansion of monkeypox in the territory, putting warns against the risk of letting cases “fall through the net”.
His post was widely shared on several Chinese social media over the weekend, but the comments section, on the original post, has been disabled. Among those who commented on screenshots of his message, some cried ‘discrimination’ and others pointed out that many foreign workers residing in China have been unable to leave the country since the start of anti-Covid restrictions.
Wu Zunyou’s original post on Weibo has since been edited, presumably to counter the controversy. It now only targets “foreigners who have recently (within three weeks) traveled from overseas monkeypox-affected areas and who may be infected with monkeypox”.
A patient declared by China
The patient reported from China was diagnosed after developing symptoms, including a rash, the health department of Chongqing Municipality (southwest) said in a report. “Immediately placed in isolation”, the patient “is in stable condition”, according to the report, specifying that “the risk of transmission is low”.
Monkeypox first manifests as a high fever and quickly progresses to a rash. The disease usually heals on its own after two to three weeks, but it can lead to serious complications, including bacterial infections. According to the WHO dashboard which lists all confirmed cases, as of September 7 there were 54,709 cases and 18 deaths recorded in 125 countries, 98% of which are in Europe and North America.