The UAE Ministry of Health and Community Protection announced on Tuesday the registration of 5 new cases of monkey pox and two cases of recovery from the disease, according to the official “WAM” news agency.
The ministry stated that the registration of new cases was in line with health authorities’ policies for early monitoring and investigation of the disease.
The ministry confirmed the recovery of two cases of monkeypox patients receiving medical care in state hospitals and their full recovery from the symptoms of the disease.
The ministry advised, “members of society, the need to follow all safety and health prevention measures and take preventive measures when traveling and gatherings.”
The ministry has also “reassured” community members that the health authorities in the country are taking all necessary measures, including investigation, contact investigation and follow-up, in addition to continuous and diligent work to prepare the health sector for all epidemics and infectious diseases.
She stressed the importance of “taking information from official sources in the country and avoiding the spread of rumors and false information, rather than following developments and instructions from health authorities.”
The ministry had announced on May 24 the monitoring of the first case of monkeypox, the first case recorded in the Gulf.
The Ministry of Health and Community Protection said in a statement published at the time by “WAM” that “the case belongs to a 29-year-old woman, a visitor to the country from West Africa, who is receiving necessary medical care in the country.”
Monkeypox is a rare disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. The symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, fatigue, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.
There is no cure for monkeypox, from which people generally recover naturally, and symptoms last between 14 and 21 days.
This virus has less severe symptoms than smallpox, which was eradicated 40 years ago, and is endemic in 11 countries in West Africa and Central Africa.