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UAE records its first case of monkeypox

  • May 24, 2022
  • Author: QT-Online
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The UAE has recorded its first case of the monkeypox virus, the country's health ministry said on Tuesday.
The patient is a 29-year-old woman from a West African nation and she is receiving the necessary medical care, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a statement carried by state news agency Wam.
The ministry statement described the patient as a visitor to the UAE.
At the weekend, officials urged hospitals and health facilities nationwide to immediately report suspected cases for further investigation.
Over the past few days, several European and North American countries including Britain, France and the US have reported cases of the rare virus, which is endemic in parts of Africa.
Medical authorities have said, however, that the risk that the disease will spread widely is low.
About 100 confirmed cases have been recorded worldwide, in addition to several dozen suspected cases that are still being investigated.
No deaths have been reported to date.
In a bulletin on Saturday, the World Health Organisation said it was working to disseminate information to frontline health workers to ensure cases were spotted early.
“The situation is evolving and the WHO expects there will be more cases of monkeypox identified as surveillance expands in non-endemic countries,” it said.