The Ministry of Health Services has announced the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Islamabad and has urged all hospitals to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.
The virus was detected in a man who arrived in Pakistan on April 17 after being deported from Saudi Arabia. He showed symptoms of monkeypox and is a resident of the twin cities.
The Ministry of Health Services has implemented protocols to send samples from suspected monkeypox cases to the National Institute of Health, and has recommended that all airports maintain screening mechanisms.
Following the announcement, the Sindh health department issued a high alert to all hospitals in the province, instructing them to create isolation groups of 5-10 beds to handle any outbreak.
Monkeypox is a viral disease that was first discovered in 1958 and is characterized by rash, enlarged lymph nodes, and fever, with most people making a full recovery.
The virus has caused a global outbreak in 2022-2023, making it essential for authorities in Pakistan to take preventive measures.