On Tuesday, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination announced that Pakistan had recorded its first case of monkeypox in an individual who had traveled from another country.
According to the health minister of Pakistan, the person who arrived on 17th April was deported from Saudi Arabia and exhibiting monkeypox symptoms.
The individual was found to be infected with the virus, as confirmed by the National Institute of Health in Islamabad. Their immediate family members are being vetted and urged to remain in quarantine until the virus is contained.
In addition to putting airports nationwide on high alert, authorities have begun contact tracing. Monkeypox is a viral illness transmitted to humans through physical contact with infected animals, contaminated materials, or an infected person.
The symptoms include a skin rash, mucosal lesions, fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain & swollen lymph nodes.
Treatment for monkeypox typically consists of supportive care, while smallpox vaccinations and medications may be administered in severe instances.
The current global outbreak of monkeypox, which began in May 2022, has afflicted more than 78,000 people. According to the WHO, it has monitored the situation and guided affected countries.