First case of monkeypox virus detected in Pakistan

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Health confirmed that an adult male patient from the National Health Services Administration in the capital Islamabad has contracted the virus.

The ministry announced “health regulations” at all airports to prevent the spread of the disease.

While detailed information about the patient was not provided, a source from the Ministry of Health said that a person deported from Saudi Arabia carried the virus to the country.

monkeypox virus

Monkey pox, known as one of the rare diseases caused by an endemic virus, is divided into 2 types: Congo and West Africa.

The virus, which is usually transmitted from animal to human and rarely from person to person, can cause high fever and itchy blisters on the body.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 86,000 cases of the disease have been reported worldwide since January 2022, with 119 deaths in the same time period.

The World Health Organization changed the name of the disease to “mpox” last year on the grounds that it was “racist and humiliating”.

While the term “monkey flower” was phased out, it was stated that both names would be used simultaneously for a year.

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