Pakistan reports first monkeypox case in the country

Islamabad, Apr 25 (EFE).- Pakistan has detected its first case of monkeypox in an individual who arrived from abroad, a Health Ministry spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

According to the official, the person, whose name has not been disclosed, arrived in Pakistan on Apr.17 after being deported from Saudi Arabia, and was exhibiting symptoms of the monkeypox virus.

“First monkeypox case was detected in Pakistan on Monday,” Health Ministry spokesperson Sajid Shah said in a statement.

Shah said that contact tracing had been initiated, and airports had been put on high alert across the country, while the health ministry had directed all the necessary measures to be implemented at airports.

“The implementation of the recommendations of the health regulations at the airports of the country is going on,” said the spokesperson.

Monkeypox is a viral illness caused by the monkeypox virus with symptoms such as skin rash, mucosal lesions, fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes.

Monekypox or Mpox can be transmitted to humans through physical contact with an infected person or animals, or by even touching a contaminated surface or item.

Since January 2022, cases of Monkeypox have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from 110 member states.

As of now, a total of 87,113 laboratory confirmed cases and 130 deaths have been reported to WHO, according to the Health Ministry at Pakistan’s Sindh province. EFE


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