According to Navrouz Jaffarov, a MoHSPP official who spoke to Asia-Plus on Wednesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan (MoHSPP) is concerned about the global spread of monkeypox.

“Even if the suspicion of monkeypox cases in Afghanistan is proven, the risk of this disease entering Tajikistan is small,” Jaffarov stated, alluding to media allegations that monkeypox has arisen in Afghanistan.

In certain places of the world, all cases of monkeypox have not yet evolved into an epidemic,” he continued.

Tajikistanis, according to a Tajik health authority, need not be afraid because they are more local.

“All accessible literature on the disease is being reviewed by Tajikistan’s principal ministries and organisations,” he said, “so that Tajik infectious disease, doctors are prepared for such a situation.”

Procedures were taken to avoid the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Jaffarov, and “these safeguards are now in place.”

There have been no instances of monkeypox reported in Central Asian nations thus far.

As of May 31, 2022, the World Health Organization reported more than 550 cases of monkeypox around the world. (WHO). In 30 nations spanning four of the World Health Organization’s six regions, over 550 confirmed cases have been reported.

Monkeypox is a highly infectious virus that can infect both humans and animals. Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle cramps, tremors, backache, and extreme tiredness. On the lips, cheeks, hands and feet, genitals, and eyes, a rash with blisters and crusts occurs, followed by a rash with blisters and crusts on the lips, cheeks, hands and feet, genitals, and eyes. It takes an average of 12 days from the time of exposure to the onset of symptoms, but it can take anywhere from 5 to 21 days. On average, symptoms persist two to four weeks. Severe cases are possible, especially in children, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.

Monkeypox can be transferred via treatment bushmeat, an animal bite or scrape, contaminated objects, body fluids, or close contact with an affected human. The virus is known to be carried by certain rodents. To confirm the diagnosis, the virus’s DNA can be analysed on a lesion. The illness has a similar appearance to chickenpox.

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