Pakistani government rejects report of monkeypox case in country: Report

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government on Monday dismissed “incorrect” online reports that there was a case of Monkeypox in the country, as it maintains high alert to monitor the viral zoonotic disease.
According to an official from the Ministry of National Health Services, special instructions have been issued to all national and provincial health authorities to remain on high alert for any suspected cases of Monkeypox, Radio Pakistan reported.
“The official said that the information circulating on social media regarding the case of Monkeypox in Pakistan is incorrect,” according to the report.
So far, no cases of the virus disease have been reported in the country, the National Institute of Health said after reports of the cases on social media.
However, the government has started preparing to deal with the threat and Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel announced last week that the government had ordered test kits for his diagnosis.
“We have ordered the kits (for the tests) and they will arrive (to us) soon,” he said, adding that staff at the country’s entry points had also been alerted, adding: “There are no has had no cases so far”.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although clinically less severe.



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