Saudi Arabia officials on Monday detected three cases of monkeypox virus, making it the fourth case in total so far with the first being reported on July 14.
“The three people infected with monkeypox virus were returning from Europe,” Al Arabiya reported, citing officials at the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health.
The official said they don’t expect widespread infection, adding that the patients are under medical care in accordance with the approved health procedures.
These patients are currently in isolation and the officials are in touch with any close contacts.
“We will continue to work hard to stop the spread of the virus and we have the ability to deal with it,” the official added.
The Health Ministry called on the citizens to exercise extreme caution, especially during travel, and follow health instructions for their own safety.
The World Health Organization had earlier called for acceleration of efforts to contain the spread of the monkeypox disease that already infected about 17,000 people in 74 countries, mostly in Europe.
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