One confirmed case and another suspect of monkeypox to date

Morocco has recorded, to date, one confirmed case and another suspect of monkeypox, said Tuesday in Rabat, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb, adding that seven other suspected cases are were found to be negative.

In response to an oral question to the House of Councilors on “monkeypox surveillance and response”posed by the Istiqlalien group of unity and egalitarianism, Khalid Ait Taleb noted that his department has greatly benefited from the experience it has accumulated in the fight against Covid-19 and Ebola to face the viruses and diseases through vigilance and monitoring, then the diagnosis and follow-up of cases.

The minister said a plan has been developed at the regional level to track potential cases, noting that units under the ministry at border crossings easily diagnose suspected cases of “monkey pox” and can alert the Ministry of Health to take the necessary measures at the regional level.

These measures consist of confining infected people to their homes and treating them according to their symptoms, he said, stressing that“there is no special treatment for monkeypox”.

The detection of monkeypox in Morocco is done by clinical and laboratory diagnosis, explained the government official, specifying that four laboratories have been reserved for this purpose, namely the national prevention laboratory, the military laboratory of Rabat, the military laboratory of Marrakech and the Pasteur Institute in Casablanca.

Khalid Ait Taleb pointed out that “the ministry does not see the need to increase the number of these laboratories, because the disease is not widespread and the situation is under control, in the border areas and in terms of the training of professionals”.

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