RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said on Thursday it had detected the first case of monkeypox in the Kingdom, for a person coming from abroad to Riyadh.
The ministry added that the infected person was under medical care in accordance with the approved health procedures.
According to the ministry statement, samples were taken from all people who were in contact with the infected person for laboratory tests and none of them showed symptoms.
The ministry said it was continuing its monitoring and follow-up work on the developments of monkeypox and announcing in all transparency any new cases.
The ministry reassured its readiness and ability to deal with any development of the disease in the country.