Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Sent A Circular To Health Facilities To Monitor Monkeypox Cases
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has issued a circular to health facilities to step up its monitoring of the monkeypox virus, to take precautionary measures and protect against the potential spread of the virus.
Both the DHA and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health asked health facilities in the UAE to be vigilant about the virus
Along with the DHA, Abu Dhabi Department of Health asked medical facilities to be on the lookout over the virus, as per the notice that was issued on Friday.
The circular from DHA read, stating importance on the need to “enhance and promote the early detection of the disease.”
In line with the regular assessment towards the global healthcare landscape done by @adphc_ae , the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi urges all healthcare facilities operating in the emirate to be vigilant about any suspected or confirmed Monkeypox cases. pic.twitter.com/b3r20sSvie
— دائرة الصحة – أبوظبي (@DoHSocial) May 20, 2022
The Monkeypoxvirus is usually spread by animals in central and West Africa
The Monkeypox virus is usually spread by animals in central and West Africa, that is rapidly spreading across Europe and North America.
Reports say Europe currently has 100 confirmed or suspected cases, according to Reuters.
— Moritz Kraemer (@MOUGK) May 18, 2022
The World Health Organization held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the virus’ recent outbreak
First identified in monkeys, the disease typically spreads through close contact and has rarely spread outside Africa, so this series of cases has triggered concern.
According to Reuters, scientists don’t expect this virus’ outbreak to evolve into a pandemic like COVID-19 since it does not spreas as easily as SARS-COV-2. The Monkeypox is usually a mild viral illness, and most symptoms of it include a fever and a distinctive bumpy rash.
World Health Organisation also states that vaccines used against smallpox are upto 85% effective against monkeypox, and that there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox as of yet.