Citizens were cautioned against “close relationships” with foreigners in the country after the first case of monkeypox was recorded in China
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Chinese citizens have been urged not to make skin-to-skin contact with recently arrived foreigners, after the first case of monkeypox was registered in the southwestern Chongqing municipality last week.
The warning was issued on Saturday by Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC).
Writing on his official Weibo page, the official said that in order to “prevent possible monkeypox infection and as part of our healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that you do not have direct skin-to-skin contact or close relationships with foreigners who have recently come from overseas.” He clarified “recent” to mean having arrived within the last three weeks.
Wu recommended that the public avoid skin-to-skin contact with strangers and use disposable toilet-seat covers as much as possible.
There is still only one confirmed case of monkeypox in China. The 29-year old Chinese salesman who contracted the virus has since been put into isolation and the local health commission has said the risk of an outbreak is low.