According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), there are 3 new cases of monkeypox. As a result, the total number of monkeypox cases in the UAE stands at 16. The disease that started in the UAE for the first time on the 24th of May, identified in a 29-year-old visitor from West Africa, went to 16 cases in July.
All the cases became a part of the UAE health authorities’ policy on early detection and monitoring of such diseases. Last time, the confirmed cases of monkeypox in UAE were recorded on the 7th of June. At that time, the total number of cases was 5. However, over the span of 45 days, it increased to 16 cases as of now. Let’s see what the future unfolds and how many more cases will emerge in the following days.
The MoHAP announced that residents should follow “appropriate preventive and safety measures, and precautions while travelling and moving in large crowds.”
Earlier, MoHAP had advised people not to contact any infected animals, whether dead or alive. On top of that, they also advised travellers not to touch or eat wild animals and wash hands with water & soap or an alcohol-based disinfectant as a precaution for zoonotic disease.
Monkeypox – A Global Emergency
On Sunday, the WHO declared monkeypox a global emergency. They called an outbreak in 70+ countries an “extraordinary” situation.
The UAE’s health authorities are taking adequate measures, as stated by MoHAP. They are doing every possible thing, including examination of contacts, investigation, and monitoring the inhabitants’ health. As per the ministry, UAE is all set to deal with communicable diseases.
Isolation & Quarantine
The Ministry of Health stated the details of the quarantine and isolation protocols for those who are infected and their close contacts earlier. The authority cited a unified national medical guide and said that people who report having positive cases of the virus will be isolated in the hospital until recovery. Their close contacts would also have to remain at home for “no less than 21 days.”