Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates detected on Tuesday the country’s first case of the monkeypox virus in a young woman who traveled from West Africa.
The government said little about the patient, but stressed that authorities were investigating her contacts and "taking all necessary measures" to limit the spread of monkeypox.
The diagnosis in the UAE marks the first reported case on the Arabian Peninsula.
Israel recorded the first reported case in the Middle East earlier this week.
The World Health Organization has identified over 100 cases globally.
Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the US, Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn’t previously traveled to Africa. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia have also identified cases.
The virus originates in primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases can develop a rash and lesions on the face, hands and other parts of the body.