Abu Dhabi implements strict preventive measures against monkeypox virus – News


Authorities have asked health facilities to report any suspected cases

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Published: Fri, May 20, 2022, 9:14 PM

Last update: Fri 20 May 2022, 22:43

Local health authorities in Abu Dhabi have implemented strict preventive measures against the monkeypox virus after an increasing number of reported cases worldwide.

“As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the health and well-being of the community, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC) and local health authorities continue to coordinate and implement strict preventive measures to combat against the spread of infectious diseases,” the ADPHC said in a statement.

Authorities have urged all health facilities in the capital to remain vigilant for any suspected cases of monkeypox.

“In line with ADPHC’s regular assessment of the global healthcare landscape, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) urges all healthcare institutions operating in the emirate to be vigilant of any cases. suspected or confirmed Monkeypox,” the DoH noted.

In recent days, countries in Europe and the United States have reported several cases of monkeypox.

Authorities have asked all health facilities in Abu Dhabi to take the necessary precautionary and medical measures to detect any cases of infection.

“All healthcare providers are required to report suspected, probable or confirmed cases in the infectious disease reporting system as part of the infectious disease management and containment measures for community health and safety” , the DoH added.

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis that occurs mainly in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is sometimes exported to other regions.

The ADPHC pointed out that transmission of monkeypox virus from animals to humans occurs through direct contact with blood and body fluids.

Human-to-human transmission is limited and can result from close contact via respiratory particle droplets that require prolonged face-to-face contact. In addition to the possibility of transmission through contact with surfaces contaminated with patient fluids.

Typically, the disease begins with systemic symptoms characterized by fever, myalgia (muscle pain), severe headache, lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes), followed by a rash that focuses on the face then spreads to other parts of the body.


The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 6-16 days and symptoms last 14-21 days.

Due to the mode of transmission and endemicity of the virus in parts of Africa, its human-to-human transmission is considered to be limited and limited to direct patient contact or contaminated fluids.


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