A case of monkeypox has been reported in Limpopo, bringing the number of confirmed cases in South Africa to three.

On Sunday, Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, said her province’s first case was confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

The confirmed case is that of a 42-year-old male tourist from Switzerland who is holidaying in the province. The case presented with signs and symptoms such as a rash, lymphadenopathy, muscle ache and fatigue,” the MEC said.

She said the department has sent officials to follow through the case.

She urged the community to remain calm.

“We are calling for calm. We can confirm that the case is an outpatient, currently isolating and requires no admission. More information will be communicated once available,” Ramathuba said.

South Africa’s previous two cases were recorded in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The institute reported that 11 close contacts were traced between the two males, 30 and 32 years old, there were no further cases.

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