Monday, April 15, 2024

Monkeypox virus: NIH issues statement about cases in Pakistan

On Tuesday, researchers from the Pakistan National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad concluded that the country does not have any cases of monkeypox.

Earlier, information about the discovery of two instances of monkeypox in Lahore was making its way around various social media platforms.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a statement in which a spokesperson indicated that the information about monkeypox cases in Pakistan that has been circulating on various social media platforms is “false.”

According to the spokesperson, there have been no cases of monkeypox found in Pakistan as of yet, and the spokesperson noted that the issue is being carefully monitored by the health experts.

Earlier, a warning was issued by the National Institute of Health (NIH) regarding the rapid development of the disease in Pakistan.

In a statement, the Department of Health the government issued a high alert to all of the provinces and other institutions in the country, urging them to take immediate action to stop the spread of infectious disease across the country.

During a meeting with reporters on Friday, a US public health official stated that there is now a low risk to the general public.

The monkeypox virus can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever and pains, and it manifests itself as a rash that is characteristically bumpy.

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It is linked to smallpox, although it is typically less severe, especially the West African strain of the virus that was detected in a case in the United States. This strain of the virus has a fatality rate of approximately one percent. According to the official, the typical recovery time is between two and four weeks.

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