First case of monkeypox infection reported in UAE

AA / Istanbul

The UAE’s Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that it had detected the country’s first case of monkeypox in a woman from West Africa.

The ministry said in a statement that “the infected person is a 29-year-old female, who has come from West Africa to visit the United Arab Emirates (…), she is receiving necessary medical treatment in the country”.

The same source said that “all necessary measures are being taken for surveillance, early detection of the virus and management of infected patients”, without giving further details.

This is the first case of infection in the Arab world and the Gulf region.

Moroccan authorities announced on Monday that there had been three suspected cases of monkeypox. These patients have been kept under medical supervision and are receiving the necessary care, underlines Rabat, which however invalidates the detection of confirmed cases.

According to the same officials, necessary medical analysis of the suspected cases was done while waiting for the expected results soon.

After successive announcements of virus screening in several European countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday reported more than 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox.

Symptoms of the disease appear as fever, swollen lymph nodes and muscles, fatigue, chills, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.

Monkeypox is a disease that spreads from animals to humans. It was first discovered in 1958 in laboratory monkeys, hence the name of the disease.

* Translated from Arabic by Munir Benour.

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