The United Arab Emirates recorded three more cases of monkeypox, the health ministry said on Monday, nearly a week after announcing the Gulf state's first case of the virus.
The ministry did not reveal any details about the individuals infected. The first case was a 29-year-old woman visiting the country from West Africa.
"Monkeypox is a viral disease, but usually a self-limited one, if compared to Covid-19. It's mostly transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, including bodily fluids, and respiratory droplets, or with material contaminated with the virus. It can also be passed to the baby in the womb," the Ministry said in a statement.
It urged the community to follow appropriate preventive measures and careful precautions while traveling and to stay safer in large crowds and avoid risky behaviors.
It also reassured the community that the UAE health authorities are taking all necessary measures, including investigation, examination of contacts, and monitoring their health.
Moreover, the Ministry stressed that it is cooperating with other health authorities in implementing an epidemiological surveillance system, in accordance with the highest global practices, to ensure sustainable efficiency and community protection from communicable diseases, and rapid detection, as well as work to limit the spread of all diseases and viruses, including monkeypox.
"All health authorities in the country are committed to a unified national medical guide for dealing with monkeypox - infected people and their contacts. This includes complete isolation of the infected in hospitals until they recover, while quarantining their close contacts for a period of no less than 21 days at home and monitoring their health condition, and enforcing their compliance with home isolation."
The Ministry called for obtaining information from official sources in the UAE, and for refraining from spreading rumors and false information, highlighting the importance of staying updated on relevant developments and guidelines issued by the UAE health authorities.