In a follow-up on the Mpox situation in Pakistan, Pakistan health officials report the fourth case in a 19-year-old woman who tested positive for monkeypox in Islamabad on Saturday.
Pakistan media report she had arrived from Saudi Arabia and admitted to the isolation ward of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) after being referred by the authorities at the Islamabad airport.
It is the fourth case of monkeypox (Mpox) detected in Pakistan so far, and the first female. All the patients came from Saudi Arabia, officials at Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS,R&C) said. Of them, three patients belong to Islamabad and one Karachi, they added.
Pims spokesperson Dr Haider Abbasi said, “Patient is in isolation ward and in stable condition. She will be discharged once she will be declared negative for the disease. Moreover, her contact persons are being identified and they will also be tested and kept in isolation till they are confirmed negative.”
According to World Health Organization (WHO), Mpox is usually self-limiting, meaning symptoms usually go away without the need for treatment within 2–3 weeks. Some people may refemale quire antibiotics and analgesia to treat secondary infections and local pain.
Last week, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the end of emergency status for the disease based on the recommendation of the Organization’s emergency committee, saying the decision was prompted by falling case numbers worldwide. But, he emphasized the disease remained a threat, particularly in areas of Africa where it has long been present.