Abu Dhabi Public Health Implements Strict Preventive Measures Regarding “Monkeypox” Virus

The Abu Dhabi Public Health Center highlighted the continuous coordination with the country’s health authorities to implement all strict preventive measures regarding infectious diseases to preserve the public health of community members.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Health noted that according to monitoring of the global situation by the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, all health centers operating in the emirate are required to investigate monkeypox disease and the need to report any suspicion, potential or confirmation. case through the electronic notification system for communicable diseases, noting that this notice is part of its measures to combat communicable diseases and limit their spread to protect society and preserve public health.

Monkeypox is a rare virus similar to smallpox, and was first detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1970s, and cases have increased in West Africa over the past decade, and symptoms of illness include fever, headache, and rash, which begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, with rodents being the main reservoir. However, humans can get monkeypox through close contact with infected people, and the infection is usually mild, with most people recovering within a few weeks.

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

The disease is transmitted mainly through respiratory particles that take the form of droplets that often require long periods of face-to-face contact, exposing family members of active cases to a high risk of contracting the disease, and it is also possible that the disease is transmitted through sexual intercourse or through the placenta.

According to the World Health Organization, the incubation period for monkeypox (which is the period between the stage of infection and the stage of onset of symptoms) ranges from 6 to 16 days, but it can also range from 5 and 21 days, as the monkeypox infection stage is divided into two periods, the first period is the invasion period (0 days and 5 days), and its signs include fever, severe headache, lymph nodes swelling, back and muscle pain, and severe weakness (loss of energy).
In the second stage, the rash appears (in a period ranging from 1 to 3 days after the fever), and the various stages of appearance of the rash crystallize, which begins on the face most often and then spreads to the other parts of the body. body.

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