The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has confirmed that no case of monkeypox has been recorded in Qatar so far.
The Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it has taken a full set of public health measures for the early detection of any suspected cases if they appear, in order to contain any possible spread of the virus.
The ministry has directed healthcare professionals in both the public and private sectors to monitor potential patients who may show symptoms of monkeypox, and to report any suspected cases to health authorities, stressing that the health care sector is fully prepared to manage any suspected or confirmed cases.
This comes after the detection of monkeypox cases in at least 12 countries since May 13, but the virus has not spread in those countries.
Monkeypox is a viral infection that is more common in West and Central Africa. Occasionally it spreads elsewhere.
The monkeypox illness usually causes symptoms of fever, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes. Chickenpox-like rashes are also found on the hands and face.