AbdulRahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, participated in the opening of the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 22, 2022. Photo courtesy of Minister of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates official Twitter account.
The government said little about the patient, but stressed that authorities were investigating her contacts and ``taking all necessary measures`` to limit the spread of monkeypox.
The statement did not say where the case had been discovered in the federation of seven sheikhdoms, which includes the capital of Abu Dhabi and tourist hub of Dubai.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, authorities similarly had declined to offer a geographic breakdown for COVID-19 cases.
The diagnosis in the UAE marks the first reported case on the Arabian Peninsula. Israel recorded the first reported case in the Middle East earlier this week.
The World Health Organization has identified over 100 cases globally.
Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa.
But Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the US, Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn't previously traveled to Africa. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia have also identified cases.
The virus originates in primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients.
People with severe cases can develop a rash and lesions on the face, hands and other parts of the body.