DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday identified the country’s first case of the monkeypox virus in a young woman traveling from West Africa.
The government said little about the patient, but stressed that authorities were investigating his contact and were “taking all necessary measures” to limit the spread of monkeypox.
The statement did not say where the case was discovered in the seven sheikhdom federations, including Abu Dhabi’s capital and Dubai’s tourist center.
Throughout the coronavirus epidemic, the authorities of the dictatorial country similarly refused to propose a geographical breakdown for the COVID-19 case.
The UAE diagnosis has identified the first reported case in the Arabian Peninsula. Israel recorded the first reported case in the Middle East earlier this week. The World Health Organization has identified more than 100 cases worldwide.
The incidence of smallpox-related disease has previously been found only in people associated with Central and West Africa. However, there have been reports of infections in Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United States, Sweden and Canada, mostly among young people who have not traveled to Africa before. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia have also identified cases.
The virus originates in primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. In severe cases, infected people may have rashes and sores on the face, hands and other parts of the body.