Monkeypox Outbreak: State Details
Monkeypox virus disease outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: case counts, deaths, and statistics
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.
How do people in KwaZulu-Natal get monkeypox?
Monkeypox is primarily spread through contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or skin of infected animals, such as rodents or primates. It can also be spread through close contact with an infected person. This can include contact with an infected person's skin, especially if the person is experiencing a rash, or contact with an infected person's respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or semen. In addition, monkeypox can be spread through contact with objects that have been contaminated with the virus, such as bedding or clothing.
Monkeypox is not as contagious as smallpox and is not as easily spread from person to person. However, the risk of infection is increased among people who live in or have recently traveled to areas where monkeypox is known to occur and among people who have had close contact with an infected person or animal.
It's also important to note that people who have been vaccinated against smallpox are at a lower risk of getting monkey pox.
This page shows data for the monkeypox disease outbreak currently taking place in South Africa. This outbreak is part of the larger outbreak taking place in Africa, specifically in Southern Africa.
This page shows data for the monkeypox cases currently detected in KwaZulu-Natal, located in South Africa. This outbreak is part of the larger outbreak taking place in Africa, specifically in Southern Africa.
At present, we do not have data specific to KwaZulu-Natal monkeypox cases or deaths. However, we do have South Africa-level data, which is presented below.
South Africa-level data
Based on the most recent reports available from the government in Pretoria, health authorities in South Africa have reported 0 new monkeypox cases and 0 new monkeypox deaths. The people of South Africa have experienced 5 total monkeypox cases since the start of the outbreak.
You can use the charts on this page to explore the spread of Monkeypox in South Africa. Lastly, you can see how the South Africa Monkeypox situation compares with the situation globally on the MonkeypoxTracker homepage.
South Africa: Total Monkeypox Cases
South Africa: Monkeypox Cases per Million
South Africa: Monkeypox Deaths
Source: OurWorldInData. Last update: Sat Mar 25 2023