The UAE announced five new cases of monkeypox in the country, official Emirates news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, citing the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).
The report also said that two people have recovered from the disease which the World Health Organization (WHO) called “self-limiting with symptoms lasting two to four weeks”.
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The first case in the country was reported on 24 May when a traveler from a West African country tested positive for the disease.
The ministry warned the members of the public to take precautions against the disease during travel and social gatherings.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox can be spread through transmission of bodily fluids or wounds on an infected person, or through materials such as clothing or bed linen.
It can also pass from the mother to the unborn child.
The United Arab Emirates soon introduced strong measures to contain the spread of the zoonotic disease.
Patients will undergo complete isolation in hospitals until recovery, and anyone who has come in contact with infected persons will be home quarantined for at least 21 days.
His health will be closely monitored during the period of isolation.
Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches, tiredness, and specific skin lesions.
Most people who catch the disease usually recover within a few weeks, but it has a mortality rate of about 10 percent.
Health experts in the United Arab Emirates told Al Arabiya English that the smallpox vaccine can protect against monkeypox by up to 85 percent.
Also on Tuesday, the UK’s Health Protection Agency said monkeypox would be designated as a notable infectious disease from Wednesday, meaning doctors in England would have to notify local authorities when they suspect a patient has virus, Reuters reported.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
With inputs from Tala Michele Issa and Marco Ferrari of Al Arabiya English
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