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Dubai authorities announce the list of symptoms and preventive measures for monkeypox

On Tuesday, a 29-year-old visitor from West Africa was diagnosed with the viral zoonotic disease monkeypox in the UAE.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention says that they are taking all necessary precautions, including an investigation, contact tracing, and follow-up to ensure the safety of the residents.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) issued a public advisory regarding the disease, how it spreads, symptoms, and prevention methods on Tuesday (May 24) via Twitter.

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.

Direct contact with the blood, body fluids, cutaneous or mucosal sores of an infected animal, or eating improperly cooked meat from an infected animal can spread it from animal to human.

On the other hand, rare human-to-human transmission occurs through close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of an infected person, or contaminated objects.

The time between infection and emergence of symptoms is usually within 6-13 days or between 5 and 21 days.

Symptoms include fever, tiredness, lymphadenopathy, back and muscle aches, severe headaches, and a skin rash that appears one to three days after a fever.

The UAE’s health authorities are actively assessing the situation. Residents are encouraged to seek information through established channels and refrain from spreading rumors.

The risk of infection, according to the DHA, is low considering that transmission can only happen through close contact with an infected person or a contaminated object. BKM/ Expat Media

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