The first Gulf country to record a case of monkeypox is the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is also the second Middle Eastern country after Israel to detect the monkeypox virus.
Recently, the Czech Republic and Slovenia also reported their first cases of the monkeypox virus. Outbreaks of the virus have been found in other continents like Europe, Australia, and America. Other than these countries, 18 other countries detected the virus outside its usual African base.
The number of cases is rising but the overall risk to the general population remains low. The symptoms often include fever and rash - but the infection is usually mild. The virus can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions or droplets of bodily fluid from an infected person.
Authorities across the various countries are "fully prepared" to handle any outbreak, adding that early surveillance protocols for detecting the disease were in place.
Monkeypox virus (MPV or MPXV) is a double-stranded DNA zoonotic virus that causes monkeypox in humans and other animals. It belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. It was first identified by Mr.Preben von Magnus in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958 in crab-eating macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) being used as laboratory animals.