| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Lebanon registers the first case of monkeypox

The Ministry of Public Health announced, in a statement, the first case of monkeypox in Lebanon.

She said: “The case is a foreigner, and she is currently following home isolation, and her condition is stable from a medical point of view. The ministry is also following up on identifying and following up close contacts.

The Ministry of Public Health stated that smallpox is caused by a virus transmitted to humans, “either from animal to human through contact with infected animals (rodents or monkeys) in countries where the virus is endemic in sub-Saharan African countries (Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, Cameroon). and Central African Republic…) or from human to human through direct contact with skin lesions and spray, sexual relations, or indirectly through contaminated objects, especially bed sheets.”

And it asked the public to take the following preventive measures: “Adherence to a safe distance with infected people, not sharing their personal items, not coming into contact with animals in the countries where the disease is endemic, and avoiding eating wild animal meat.”

And she concluded: “For more information, you can call the hotline 1787.”

  • Asharq Al-Awsat