Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health confirmed that so far, no case of monkeypox has been recorded in the Kingdom, which recently spread in some European and North American countries, after it was endemic in some African countries for more than 50 years.
More cases of monkeypox virus have been reported in several countries following a warning by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases have been reported in 12 countries, including European countries, the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The Ministry of Health explained that it is fully prepared to monitor, investigate, and deal with such infections if they appear and that it also has an integrated preventive and treatment plan, as well as defining suspected and confirmed cases, as well as investigating their contacts.
The Ministry of Health added that the Kingdom's International Health Regulations program is in constant contact with the World Health Organization to know about any developments regarding the monkeypox or to monitor any cases around the world to ensure that there are no contacts with cases in Saudi Arabia.
Is monkeypox transmits between Humans like Corona ?
Monkeypox is a well-known viral disease and very unlikely to transmit between humans, says an Infectious Diseases Consultant. It can be transmitted by direct contact with animals infected with the disease. Person to person is only possible through very close contact, through drops and coughs, and it's very rare.
Is there any vaccine against Monkeypox?
In the opinion of the professor of Immunology and Vaccine Development at the Edwards Institute, there is no vaccine specifically for monkeypox, but the smallpox vaccine is effective and provides up to 85% protection against it.
What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?
WHO describes the symptoms of monkeypox as skin rash, fever to 38.5 degrees Celsius, headache, swollen lymph nodes, backache, and weakness.
The emergence and spread of Monkeypox?
A specialist in infection control believes that homosexuals are responsible for the emergence and spread of monkeypox. Any illegal contact, whether sexual or non-sexual, can cause monkeypox if one of the parties is infected. Homosexual practices have some fluids, and this is one of the causes of infection, so there is a link between homosexuals and prostitution networks that have mixed practices.
SOURCE : SAUDI EXPATRIATES