The UAE’s health system is prepared for any potential spread of monkeypox, the country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said on Sunday.
The ministry is also investigating and monitoring suspected cases, but did not say whether any cases have been confirmed in the UAE.
He issued a circular to all medical workers in the country asking them to report any suspected cases to the authorities, the official WAM news agency reported.
Neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar statement from its health ministry on Saturday, confirming that the Kingdom had issued guidelines for health workers and saying that all necessary tests were available.
More than 80 cases of the viral illness have been detected in recent days, with another 50 potential cases being monitored, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The disease can cause symptoms such as fever and body aches, and is often accompanied by a characteristic rash.
It is generally transmitted by skin contact and is believed to originate from West Africa.
Most people make a full recovery from monkeypox in two to four weeks, but the disease has a mortality rate of around 1%.
News of monkeypox cases has fueled fears of a pandemic after COVID-19 caused widespread disruption to the global economy and killed millions of people.
However, monkeypox is far less transmissible than COVID-19 and should be easier to contain than the airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Israel detected its first case on Saturday, joining Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, the United States, Canada and Australia.
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