UAE reports four new cases of monkeypox
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UAE reports four new cases of monkeypox

UAE reports four new cases of monkeypox

The health ministry has urged all to follow appropriate preventive measures

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The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced four new cases of monkeypox on June 1.

“Monkeypox is a viral disease, but usually a self-limited one, if compared to Covid-19. It’s mostly transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, including bodily fluids, and respiratory droplets, or with material contaminated with the virus. It can also be passed to the baby in the womb,” the ministry said in a statement.

MoHAP has urged all community members to follow appropriate preventive measures and precautions while travelling and to stay safer in large crowds and avoid risky behaviour, official news agency WAM reported.

Additionally, the health ministry called on the public to obtain information from official sources in the UAE, and to refrain from spreading rumours and false information.

The country’s first infection of monkeypox was detected last week, in a 29-year-old woman who had arrived from West Africa.

Read: First case of monkeypox detected in UAE

Earlier this week, the ministry had also announced that three cases of monkeypox had been detected across the country.

Read: Three new cases of monkeypox detected in the UAE

Since UK first reported a confirmed monkeypox case on May 7, more than 550 confirmed cases of the disease have been verified in 30 countries outside of the west and central African nations where it is endemic, the WHO said.

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