UAE issues monkeypox warning; Announces the steps taken to deal with the virus

The authority urges the public not to mislead rumors and to follow official instructions only



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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 11:42 am

Last updated: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 12:22 pm

The UAE Ministry of Health is “proactively investigating and closely monitoring any suspected cases” of the animal pox virus. Today, Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said that it is fully prepared to deal with the spread of the virus that causes the disease, according to the official Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The ministry said that it is currently studying and evaluating the severity of the disease locally. It issued a circular to hospitals and health care centers to monitor symptoms of the disease among patients. Facilities must report suspected cases to the relevant authorities.

“We have put in place accurate mechanisms for diagnosing suspected patients. The Pandemic Technical Advisory Team has also prepared a comprehensive guide for surveillance, early detection of disease, management of clinically infected patients and precautionary measures,” the ministry said.

The Ministry of Health and Community Protection said it is closely monitoring the spread of monkeypox around the world and is “intensifying” local epidemiological surveillance in cooperation with other health entities to detect any potential cases and prevent the local spread of the virus.

The Ministry called on the public not to promote or mislead rumors, and to take information from official sources only, and urged everyone to follow the latest developments and instructions issued by the competent health authorities.

The World Health Organization said on Sunday it expects to identify more cases of monkeypox as it expands surveillance in countries where the disease is not usually present.

As of Saturday, 92 confirmed and 28 suspected monkeypox cases have been reported from 12 non-endemic member states, the UN agency said.

The Ministry of Health and Population said monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease that mainly occurs in tropical rainforest regions of Central and West Africa and is sometimes exported to other regions. The disease is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with materials contaminated with the virus.

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The virus is transmitted from person to person through close contact with pests, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials such as bedding. Although rare, and usually mild, monkeypox can still cause severe illness.

Before the recent outbreak, the disease was limited to a small and medium group of people, highlighting the fact that the possibility of human-to-human transmission is low. Although rare, and usually mild, monkeypox can still cause severe illness.

The incubation period for monkeypox is usually seven to 14 days but can extend to 21. The infection begins with a dermatophyte that usually appears three days after a person develops a fever. Monkeypox usually presents with fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes, and may lead to a range of medical complications.

(With input from WAM, agencies)

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