Monkeypox: UAE doctors highlight ‘precise mechanisms’ for its detection

Doctors in the UAE are reiterating that “precise mechanisms” for diagnosing suspected patients of monkeypox have been put in place for the early detection of the disease, if any.

This comes after the UAE’s health ministry is “proactively investigating and closely monitoring any suspected cases” of the viral zoonotic disease that has been identified in some patients abroad.

Doctors also say that the health regulatory body has already issued a clear directive to all the healthcare institutions and the code of conduct has been implemented at each facility.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) earlier said it is currently studying and evaluating the seriousness of the disease locally.

Dr Kumaraswamy, Specialist Internal Medicine, Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi said, “as the UAE is a tourist destination, it receives people from across the globe, and with monkeypox being reported in several countries, it is a public health concern.

“But rest assured that the health authorities in the UAE are aware of the situation and fully prepared to deal with it. At present, in our facility, we have not noticed patients coming in with monkeypox-related symptoms. However, we are on high alert.”

Patients experiencing fever, chills, myalgia fatigue, headache, rash, or lymphadenopathy are advised to isolate themselves and meet the doctor at the earliest.

The disease primarily occurs in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.

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