UAE fully prepared to deal with monkeypox, announces Ministry
Authority urges public to not get misled by rumours, and follow official guidelines only
The UAE’s health ministry is “proactively investigating and closely monitoring any suspect cases” of viral zootonic disease monkeypox. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said on Sunday that it is fully prepared to handle the spread of the virus that causes the disease, state news agency Wam reported.
The ministry said it is currently studying and evaluating the seriousness of the disease locally. It has issued a circular to hospitals and healthcare centres to monitor symptoms of the disease among patients. Facilities are to report suspected cases to the authorities concerned.
The MoHAP said it is closely monitoring the spread of monkeypox worldwide and “intensifying” the local epidemiological surveillance in cooperation with other health entities to detect any possible cases and prevent the local spread of the virus.
The ministry called on the public not to promote or be misled by rumours, and to take information from official sources only, urging everyone to follow up on the latest developments and guidelines issued by competent health authorities.
The World Health Organisation said on Sunday that it expects to identify more cases of monkeypox as it expands surveillance in countries where the disease is not typically found.
As on Saturday, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported from 12 member states that are not endemic for the virus, the UN agency said.
The MoHAP said monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions. The disease is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus.
Reference : Khaleej Times