KARACHI: The Sindh Health Department announced the first case of monkeypox in Karachi on Thursday.
According to the health authorities, the patient had just arrived in Karachi from Jeddah, where he caught the illness.
Following confirmation, the patient was transferred to an isolation ward for medical attention, while additional samples were collected and sent to the Dow University Lab.
The Sindh Health Department recommended people wash their hands and avoid close contact with persons who were showing symptoms of the sickness.
Earlier in the day, a World Health Organization (WHO) team visited Islamabad International Airport to review Pakistani authorities’ efforts to combat the spread of monkeypox.
The WHO team, led by Country Head Dr. Mahipala, visited the airport to assess the efficiency of the measures put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.
The WHO team also examined the medical screening procedure for arriving international travellers, including passenger screening and guidelines for the isolation and treatment of suspected cases. They also toured the airport’s numerous lounges, examining the facilities and verifying adherence to safety measures.
The airport manager informed the World Health Organization team on the airport’s anti-monkeypox measures and expressed confidence in the safety measures in place.
Monkeypox is a rare but potentially lethal disease caused by a virus related to human smallpox. It is passed down from animals to people and can be passed from person to person through intimate contact.