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First two people with monkeypox get better: health ministry

ISLAMABAD: Officials from the Federal Ministry of Health said on Sunday that the first two people who got monkeypox in Pakistan last week are now better.

Officials from the ministry said that the person from Saudi Arabia who was being treated at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital has been sent home.

The other person was put in lockdown at their home and was said to be doing well.

Experts in viral diseases say that there are a lot of cases of “chickenpox” in Pakistan. People are mistaking cases of chickenpox for monkeypox, they said.

The experts asked the health minister to pay attention to the fact that the number of smallpox cases is going up.

At the same time, the administration of Lahore’s General Hospital (GH) said on Sunday that they had found two new cases of mpox.

The hospital staff said that the suspects have been in the hospital for two days and are getting care.

According to the facts, one of the new people accused of having the disease is a woman and the other is a man. Both were showing signs of having the disease. Their signs include fever, red spots, and blisters on the body of one of them.

There is no information about where the patients got the virus or if they were traveling when they got it.

WHO promises to help Pakistan stop the spread of monkeypox.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it would help Pakistan contain the monkeypox virus as needed. This came after the government apparently decided to ask WHO for vaccines.

In a statement, the group said that it had been working with Pakistan’s government to look into the spread of the virus, which is still changing.

An official from Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services said that there was no evidence yet that monkeypox was spreading locally, and the risk of it spreading outside of Pakistan stays low.

Based on what they know so far about monkeypox outbreaks, WHO also did not suggest any trade limits.

What is the monkeypox?
The monkeypox virus, which is a species of the genus Orthopoxvirus, is the virus that causes mumps. Two different clades exist — clade I and clade II.

WHO says that the most common symptoms of monkeypox or mpox are a skin rash or mucosal lesions that can last 2–4 weeks and are followed by fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes.

People can get mumps by coming in contact with someone who has it, touching something that has it, or being around sick animals.