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Kuwait is free of monkeypox and monitors the global health situation

Informed health sources revealed that Kuwait is free of monkeypox, of which dozens of cases were discovered in several European countries, America, Australia, Canada, and other countries during the past few days.

The sources confirmed that the Ministry of Health is following up on the latest global health developments in this regard, pointing out that the competent teams in the Ministry continue to monitor, follow up and monitor the global health situation.

She explained that there are 8 European countries that have witnessed cases of the disease so far, which are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, in addition to the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and others.

It is noteworthy that “monkeypox” is a rare viral disease of zoonotic origin that spreads in tropical rainforest regions in central and western Africa, but outbreaks of the disease have appeared in other regions of the world in recent days.

The monkeypox virus is transmitted to humans from a variety of wild animals, and symptoms include fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

According to the World Health Organization, infection with the disease occurs from direct contact with the blood of infected animals, their body fluids, skin lesions or mucous fluids, and transmission of the disease can result at the secondary level, or from one person to another through secretions or contact.

For his part, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, that the organization received notification on the 13th of this month of two laboratory-confirmed cases and one probable case of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, both belonging to the same family who had previously traveled to Nigeria, where the disease is endemic.

He added that on the 15th of this month, 4 additional laboratory-confirmed cases were reported among recipients of sexual health services with vesicular rash, and in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

He stated that no source of infection has yet been confirmed, and based on the information currently available, it is suspected that there is community transmission of the disease between close contacts of patients, and it is possible that more cases will be discovered in the country.

He emphasized that countries of the Region with travel links to endemic areas, or countries that have reported outbreaks, should be vigilant and strengthen surveillance at ports of entry.

Al-Mandhari strongly urged Member States to identify, investigate and report potential monkeypox cases.

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