Monkeypox in UAE: Quarantine rules for infected, close contacts

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Individuals who test positive for monkeypox in the UAE and their close contacts will undergo isolation and quarantine procedures, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

This came after the ministry announced three new cases of monkeypox in the country on May 29. The first case in the UAE was detected on May 24 in a visitor from West Africa.

According to the ministry, positive cases will be isolated in hospitals until their recovery. Close contacts will also be required to undergo home quarantine for “no less than 21 days”.

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre have instructed all healthcare facilities to report suspected cases according to the system followed, and take the necessary precautionary and medical measures to detect any infection cases.

In Dubai, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) issued a circular saying it has raised the level of epidemiological surveillance of monkeypox cases in Dubai.

“DHA is raising the level of epidemiological surveillance of Monkeypox cases in Dubai to ensure effective and optimal application of prevention and control measures for potential sources of the infection,” according to the DHA.

What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?

Typically, the disease begins with general symptoms characterised by fever, muscle aches, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, followed by skin eruption that concentrates on the face and then spreads to other body parts.

The incubation period of Monkeypox is usually from 6 to 16 days and symptoms last from 14 to 21 days.

How is Monkeypox transmitted?

Animal-to-human Monkeypox virus transmission occurs from direct contact with blood and bodily fluids.

The human-to-human transmission is limited and can result from close contact via respiratory particles droplets that require prolonged face-to-face contact, in addition to transmission possibility upon contact with surfaces contaminated with patient fluids.

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

Monkeypox spreads through close contact. People who closely interact with someone who is infectious are at greater risk for infection: this includes health workers, household members and sexual partners.

How can Monkeypox be prevented?

According to the DHA, Monkeypox can be prevented by avoiding contact with wild animals, frequent sanitizing of hands by washing them with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitisers, avoiding contact with infected people, and cooking meat properly. ICA/Expat Media

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