According to an infectious diseases official from Jordan, monkeypox poses a little concern to public health in the country, but officials have been more alert since the coronavirus outbreak.

Instances of this smallpox-related sickness have been recorded in many European nations as well as North America in the last week. In Jordan, a nation with a population of 10 million people, no cases have been reported during the current outbreak.

Raeda Kutub, the director of the centre of Contagious Diseases of Jordan, told government television that, despite the absence of instances, testing capacities were insufficient to detect it.

Ms Kutub stated that equipment to assist the country’s major public laboratory in testing for monkeypox, which causes fever, chills, rash, and lesions, had been ordered.

Although monkeypox may kill, she claims it “doesn’t spread rapidly.”

“Although this is an uncommon condition, care is advised,” she stated.

The World Health Organization believes that up to one in ten individuals may die from smallpox, but vaccinations are available and antiviral medications are being researched.

Ms Kutub noted that whereas the majority of Jordanians were immunised against smallpox, only 45% were immunised against Covid-19.

“It does not warrant panic,” she stated. “The coronavirus taught us the necessity of quick response, and we are on the lookout for any changes that may arise.”

“If we register any incidents, we will ensure that our data is correct and meets international standards.”

In Jordan, over 1.7 million instances of coronavirus have been registered, with 14,066 persons officially verified to have died as a result of the disease.

Jordanian officials ceased providing daily coronavirus statistics last year, and also many PCR testing stations will collapse by 2022 due to a lack of demand after testing regulations were eliminated.

According to the most recent Ministry of Health data, which covered the week of May 7-13, 300 Jordanians were diagnosed with Covid-19.

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