NIH confirms monkeypox case in Pakistan


The National Institute of Health (NIH) in Pakistan has officially verified a case involving the monkeypox virus, as reported by ARY News on Thursday.

According to NIH sources, the individual afflicted with the monkeypox virus is currently receiving treatment at Rawalpindi Hospital.

The NIH is actively conducting an inquiry into the possible transmission of the monkeypox virus. However, there is currently no indication of the virus spreading further.

Previously, healthcare authorities confirmed that the most recent two cases of monkeypox reported in Pakistan have successfully recovered from the virus.

According to available information, patients admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) have successfully recovered from the illness, having tested negative.

Pakistan has recorded a total of five cases of monkeypox, with all affected individuals making a full recovery. The country initially reported its first two monkeypox cases in individuals who had recently arrived from Saudi Arabia in April.

Monkeypox Virus:

Monkeypox is an uncommon yet potentially life-threatening disease caused by a virus closely related to the smallpox virus in humans. It typically spreads from animals to humans and can also be transmitted from person to person through close contact.

Treatment for this disease primarily involves supportive care. In certain situations, vaccines and therapeutics developed for smallpox and authorized for use in certain countries can be employed to manage monkeypox.

In July 2022, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency, a declaration that remained in place in November.

In November, the organization adopted the term “pox” to replace the previously used “monkeypox,” citing concerns about stigma and racism associated with the former name.