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Important and urgent.. Learn about the groups most vulnerable to monkeypox
Important and urgent.. Learn about the groups most vulnerable to monkeypox

The Dubai Health Authority stated that health workers, people in close contact with the patient, and those entrusted with his care are the most vulnerable to monkeypox infection, stressing that the risk of infection or spread of infection is small, because it requires close contact with the infected person or contaminated tools.

The authority explained in its recently issued awareness guide on the disease that transmission of the disease from person to person is relatively rare, through close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or contaminated tools and surfaces.

On the prevention of transmission of infection from animals, the authority stressed the need to avoid contact with wild animals, whether they are dead or alive, properly cook meat, and avoid contact with any sick animal tools.

With regard to the prevention of transmission of infection from one person to another, she stressed the need to avoid contact with anyone with a rash, and to avoid contact with any tools for the sick person, noting that the disease is self-limited with symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks, and supportive care and symptomatic treatment remain. It is the main way to deal with the disease.

She stated that the risk of infection or an outbreak of the disease is small, because it requires close contact with the infected person or contaminated tools, and supportive care and symptomatic treatment remain the main way to deal with the disease, and health authorities in the United Arab Emirates are currently studying and evaluating the situation.