Pakistan is on High Alert on Emergence of Monkeypox cases in UK and US.

As of Saturday, there were 92 confirmed cases of the disease in countries where monkeypox is not endemic said WHO.

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Following the emergence of 111 cases of monkeypox, an infectious disease, in the United States and England, the Sindh Health Department on Monday issued a high alert, saying that the virus can spread in Pakistan. In a statement, the provincial health department said that a high alert has been issued to take timely measures to prevent the spread of the infectious disease in the country. Infected individuals arriving in the country can cause an outbreak, so the health department has decided to screen the inbound passengers coming from the virus-hit countries.

The health ministry has also recommended increasing the surveillance process to prevent the spread. Experts said that the virus can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions or droplets from a contaminated person, as well as through shared items such as bedding or towels.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden, share his concerns over several cases of monkeypox detected in North America and Europe. The US leader, on his maiden trip to Asia as president, said in Seoul that health officials have not fully briefed him about “the level of exposure” in the United States. “But it is something that everybody should be concerned about,” Biden told reporters before boarding Air Force One to fly to Tokyo. “It is a concern, in that, if it were to spread, it would be consequential,” he added. “We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do, and what vaccine if any might be available for it.” The first US case in the recent global spate was reported on May 18 in Massachusetts, which was joined on Sunday by Florida. Health authorities said they were investigating the southern state’s first presumptive case of monkeypox in someone who had recently travelled abroad. There have been thousands of human infections in parts of Central and Western Africa in recent years but it is rare in Europe and North America. Most people recover within several weeks and monkeypox has only been fatal in rare cases. The World Health Organization said that as of Saturday there were 92 confirmed cases of the disease in countries where monkeypox is not endemic. The virus is transmitted to humans from animals, with symptoms very similar to smallpox but less severe clinically.

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