Cairo International Airport - file
CAIRO - 25 July 2022: The quarantine authorities at Cairo International Airport announced taking new intensive precautionary measures to limit the spread of monkeypox after the World Health Organization declared a state of emergency due to the increase in infections worldwide.
There will be several exceptional measures taken by Egyptian airports to reduce any possibility of the spread of epidemic diseases.
Quarantine sources at the airport confirmed that the medical authorities at the airport, headed by Dr. Hazem Hussein, the Director of the Quarantine Department, have taken several strict measures towards travelers, especially those coming from countries where the disease is prevalent, according to the new instructions issued by the Ministry of Health.
According to the sources, it is necessary to take precautionary measures towards travelers, sign a medical examination on them and measure temperatures, and if any suspected case appears, it will be isolated at the airport, provided that it is transferred to the nearest fever hospital, to perform the necessary medical examinations to confirm whether or not the disease is infected.
"Smallpox is a serious disease and was threatening a third of the world, but science reached a vaccine that led to the elimination of the disease in 1980, and for monkeypox, it is one of the smallpox species, noting that the smallpox vaccine is 85 percent effective in preventing infection with the Monkeypox, and reports said that in 2019, two vaccines intended for monkeypox were detected, but they had not yet been produced, noting that the infections did not rise to the level of a pandemic," according to preventive medicine reports at the Ministry of Health and Population.
Despite the announcement by the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and Population confirmed that the monkeypox virus is not at all worrisome and cannot be compared to the Corona virus completely because the virus is old and has not mutated and was discovered more than 50 years ago, and even those born in the eighties were vaccinated and they currently have sufficient immunity.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population said in press statements that the World Health Organization did not announce quarantine measures at airports, but there are measures taken by Egypt to monitor the epidemic, and "there is a follow-up to the global epidemiological situation, and plans and preparations have been prepared if any cases emerge that will be dealt with."
"The total number of cases in the world is 220, and most of them are transmitted between homosexuals, because transmission from sex is a direct cause of physical closeness," said the spokesperson, adding that the virus is spread in Central Africa and that there are no cases of monkeypox in Egypt, revealing that during the period from one week to four weeks, symptoms of the disease disappear without the need for treatment