JCDC discusses mechanism for monitoring possible cases of monkeypox

Isolation room at Al-Bashir hospital. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — On Sunday, the Jordanian National Center for Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Control (JCDC)  met to discuss the issue of monkeypox, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The meeting gathered representatives of the Ministry of Health’s central labs and its Directorate of Communicable Diseases, and reviewed “mechanisms for preventing the spread of the virus and dealing with suspected cases, if they occur, the method of taking samples and transferring them to central labs safely, and the importance of raising awareness about the virus among health cadres and citizens”.

Member of the JCDC Rima Hajjo said that this virus is not new to humanity, it is present in many countries in south and West Africa, and a lot is known about the manner in which it spreads.

Hajjo said that “when a sudden increase in cases occurs, this calls us to analyze the reasons that lead to this increase and the spread of the virus in geographical areas that do not originally have it”.

“We know that traveling and movement are factors that lead to the rapid spread of the virus, but there are other reasons as well, and usually we want to know if there were mutations of the virus which facilitated its spread among humans, and this is currently the main priority. What raises concerns is that symptoms are becoming less severe, which allows the virus to be less noticeable,” she added.

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