The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has detailed the quarantine procedures for close contacts of confirmed monkeypox contacts. Taking to Twitter, the authority shared a guide on the viral zoonotic disease that details all the relevant procedures.
The DHA defines a close contact as a “person who has been in close contact for a long period of time with a confirmed case of monkeypox or with an infected animal”.
The authority will contact and inform the individual that he/she is a close contact.
He/she must spend 21 days in quarantine until it is confirmed that the person is free of the disease.
>> Availability of a well-ventilated single room with an attached bathroom.
>> The infected person must use his/her own personal items.
What close contacts must do during quarantine
>> Monitor the appearance of any symptoms such as fever, rash or swollen lymph nodes.
>> Do daily temperature checks.
>> Follow precautionary measures such as washing hands frequently. Clothes should be washed separately.
>> If any symptoms appear, the person must contact the DHA’s call centre on 800342.
>> They must not donate blood, cells, tissues, breast milk or organs.
>> They must confine themselves in a single room for 21 days.
>> There is no need for a PCR laboratory test if the person does not experience any symptoms.
>> If symptoms appear, the close contact must go to the nearest health centre or hospital.
>> If the test result is positive, the patient will be informed about the isolation procedures.
>> If the test result is negative, the contact must continue to quarantine for 21 days.
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