Monkeypox in Asia

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The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced the country’s first case of monkeypox on Tuesday. The case was detected in a 29-year-old woman who arrived from West Africa and is receiving the necessary medical care. The ministry assured the public that health authorities are taking all necessary measures including investigation, the examination of contacts, and monitoring their health. Meanwhile, the experts say there is no likelihood of monkeypox causing a pandemic. So, there is no need to panic. Pakistan’s National Institute of Health has issued a countrywide high alert for the relevant authorities to take measures related to monkeypox. These are regions where monkeypox is non-endemic. Central and West African countries are endemic to the disease. Experts are of the view that the monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic areas could be due to a surge in travel following the lifting of Covid-19 curbs. According to the WHO, the symptoms of monkeypox are: fever, rashes that start on the face and spread to the entire body, headache, muscle pain, exhaustion and lymphadenopathy. The illness lasts three to four weeks. Isolation and hygiene help in fast recovery of the patient. These measures also prevent healthy persons from infection. There is no vaccine available for monkeypox, though some Western experts say smallpox vaccines are 85% effective in preventing monkeypox. Death rarely occurs from this virus. But it has asked the officials concerned to launch a campaign to raise public awareness about the little-known illness caused by a virus usually found in animals like monkeys and African rodents. The monkeypox virus enters the human body mainly through animal bite. Patients developing monkeypox should be rushed to a specialist hospital.

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