Jordan steps up preventive measures against monkeypox at borders

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AMMAN — Jordan has tightened its border control, stepping up preventive measures in all air, land, and sea crossings to prevent individuals infected with monkeypox from entering the Kingdom, a health ministry official said, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Raed Al-Shboul, secretary-general of the Ministry of Health for Epidemics and Communicable Diseases, said the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to chickenpox, but what distinguishes monkeypox is the swelling in the lymph nodes and the appearance of lesions on the face and palm of the hand.

Shboul told a meeting Monday by the Parliamentary Health and Environment Committee that all government, military, private and other health facilities were sent instructions how to deal with the monkeypox virus.

He explained that there is a unit for chronic diseases and epidemics in the Ministry of Health to review developments regarding different viruses and how to prevent them.

Adel Al-Balbisi, advisor to the Prime Minister for Health Affairs, said the government was closely monitoring developments on the virus. He stressed that there are no cases reported in Jordan.

Ayman Al-Maqalaba, director of the Epidemiology Department at the Ministry of Health, said monkeypox infection is transmitted through physical contact and through animals, when slaughtering them. He pointed out that there were 27 suspected cases, which proved infection-free when tested.

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