Monkeypox found in three new countries, as scientists look for cause of outbreak
The United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday the detection of the country’s first case of monkeypox, according to state news agency WAM and the health ministry.
The virus was identified in a 29-year-old woman from West Africa who was visiting the Gulf country.
Authorities are investigating the patient’s contacts and “taking all necessary measures” to prevent the spread of monkeypox, according to a government statement.
The statement did not specify where the case was discovered within the federation of seven sheikhdoms, which includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a popular tourist destination.
The disease in the UAE is the first case on the Arabian Peninsula to be disclosed. This week, Israel revealed the first known case in the Middle East.
The World Health Organization has identified more than one hundred cases worldwide.