The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has clarified that no case of Monkey Pox has been reported in Pakistan so far and the ‘news’ circulating on social media in this regard is incorrect.
Prior to the NIH’s explanation, federal and provincial authorities had been instructed to be on alert for suspicious Monkey Pox cases.
The statement said that no case of the virus has been reported in Pakistan so far and security measures have already been taken in view of the threat of virus in the country.
Regarding the measures, it was said that steps have been taken at all airports to identify any affected passengers including medical screening.
A statement issued by the institute said, “The NIH clarifies that no case of Monkey Pox has been reported in Pakistan so far.”
“The situation is being closely monitored by health authorities,” the statement said.
The monkey spreads differently from Pox Code-19 and the NIH has asked the public to be aware of the spread of the epidemic in the country.
The NIH had earlier in the day warned that monkeypox was an animal-borne disease transmitted by the monkey-pox virus, but there was no information about the origin of the monkey-pox.
The virus was said to be present in animals such as monkeys in Africa and could infect humans.
The alert said the disease could be spread by infected animals, humans, or infected material, and the virus could enter the body through damaged skin, respiratory tract, eyes, nose, and mouth.
In addition, direct or indirect contact with body fluids, wounds, or contaminated clothing can transmit the virus from person to person.
Infected with the virus, the patient develops an itch within one to three days after the onset of the fever. The itching often starts in the face and then spreads to other parts of the body while other Symptoms include headache, muscle aches, fatigue and swelling.
The incidence of the virus in the body is usually 7 to 14 days but it can remain in the body for 5 to 21 days, whereas in case of infection the disease usually lasts for two to four weeks.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of May 21, about 80 cases of the mumps virus had been confirmed in various countries around the world, while another 50 cases were being investigated in 11 countries.
A U.S. Department of Public Health official told reporters in a briefing that the risk to the general public is low.
Experts believe that monkeypox is a rare epidemic virus. The infection is similar to the smallpox virus found in humans. Symptoms of the epidemic include fever, headache, and itchy skin.