Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced the registration of the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the country. The case was detected in a traveler returning to Qatar from abroad. The patient has been placed in hospital isolation and is receiving the necessary medical care according to the national protocol for managing confirmed cases of monkeypox.
All individuals who have been in close contact with the confirmed case have been traced and their health condition will be monitored for 21 days to identify any potential development of monkeypox symptoms.
MOPH stated that all necessary protective measures for the early detection of suspected monkeypox cases have been implemented, in addition to providing detection and diagnosis capability in national laboratories and updating regulations and guidelines for managing the disease.
The Ministry, in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), is closely monitoring the global and regional epidemiological situation, to ensure the healthcare sector’s readiness and ability to manage any future developments.
Furthermore, MOPH recommends that community members should adhere to precautionary health advice, especially during travel.
Last week, Saudi Arabia detected its first monkeypox case in the capital Riyadh for a person arriving from abroad, the state news agency (SPA) reported, citing a health ministry statement.