Syria’s Director of Communicable and Chronic Diseases, Zuhair Al-Sahwi, declared the country free of the disease following an epidemic of “monkeypox” in a number of Western countries.

In a statement to “SANA,” Al-Sahwi said the health sector is “fully prepared” by disseminating “preventive measures” to all early surveillance and epidemiological investigation teams in the governorates, as well as health workers, particularly at border crossings, and strengthening epidemiological surveillance to detect and report cases of infection as quickly as possible.

“Monkeypox” is a “rare and zoonotic” viral ailment, according to him, spread by “close contact with animals,” “affected individuals,” “eating meat from infected animals,” and “sexual activity.”

There had been over 100 instances of “monkeypox” reported in 12 countries, the majority of which were European.

Last Friday, the World Health Organization convened an emergency meeting to investigate an outbreak of “monkeypox,” a viral virus that has spread across West and Central Africa.

Fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash on the hands and face are all symptoms of this illness.

Despite the lack of a specific vaccination for “monkeypox,” due to the close similarities between the two viruses that cause the diseases, a dose of normal smallpox vaccine can provide up to 85 percent protection.

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