Morocco reports first monkeypox case

MENA , Thursday 2 Jun 2022

Morocco confirmed Thursday its first case of the monkeypox virus, with the country’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection saying that the case was most likely imported from abroad.

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. AP

In a statement, carried out by Morocco World News, the ministry emphasized that regional and public health emergency operation centres and rapid response teams have initiated an immediate epidemiological inquiry to identify potential cases, that have been in contact with the infected patient who came from Europe.

As part of the inquiry, the necessary preventive measures have been taken to avoid the spread of the virus in accordance with national and international security standards, the ministry noted.

Morocco’s confirmation of its first case comes a few weeks after the ministry detected a few suspected cases that later tested negative.

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