NIH experts said, “No monkeypox cases in Pakistan so far, and this virus is less contagious than smallpox.”
ISLAMABAD – 4 June: National Institute of Health (NIH) health experts issued some statements about the Monkeypox virus, that infected people with monkeypox can isolate themselves at home.
As it is less dangerous than chickenpox, not many cases of monkeypox have been reported in Pakistan so far.
Also, the public should not get panic and not pay attention to the rumors regarding the virus.
Laboratory coordinator at NIH: Nazish Badar talked to PTV News about chicken pox and smallpox symptoms. She also said that both disease symptoms are similar, and monkeypox is a viral disease that causes headache, fever, muscle pain, fatigue, and skin bumps.
Dr. Shafiq-Urrehman: Scientist at NIH explained that the virus is transmitted by contact with skin lesions, or droplets of a person who is infected and also through shared objects such as towels or bedding.
NIH Spokesperson: Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan said that monkeypox is not a new disease as it was first discovered in monkeys in 1959. Adding to it, It is a DNA virus that monkeypox is a mild illness, and most cases recover entirely on their own without any proper treatment.
Dr. Nazish Badar suggested that earlier preventive measures must be taken, including wearing gloves, masks, and gloves when shopping, gatherings, and washing hands after interactions with other people.
She also suggested that patients suffering from monkeypox should wear a surgical face mask, particularly for respiratory symptoms such as breathing problems, cough, and sore throats.
Tey also suggested that Infected people arriving in the country can cause an outbreak, so the health department should screen the inbound passengers coming from the virus-hit countries.