Two Family Members Contract Monkeypox After Returning from Abroad: Patients Arrived From Dubai

Health authorities have confirmed that two members of a family, who recently arrived in Sri Lanka from abroad, have been diagnosed with monkeypox. Director General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, disclosed that the infected individuals, a mother and her daughter, are currently undergoing treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).

It has come to light that the father of the family had previously contracted monkeypox while in a foreign country but has since recovered and returned to Sri Lanka. However, it appears that the mother and daughter contracted the virus during their visit to Dubai. The infections were detected during the routine health check-up conducted at Katunayake airport.

Health authorities have swiftly taken action to isolate and treat the affected individuals, ensuring they receive the necessary medical care at the IDH Hospital. Monkeypox, a viral disease similar to smallpox, is characterized by fever, rashes, and other symptoms. While it is a rare condition, prompt measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus within the community.

The confirmation of monkeypox cases in Sri Lanka highlights the importance of strict surveillance and screening protocols at entry points to identify potential health risks. Efforts are underway to trace and monitor individuals who may have come into contact with the infected family members.

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with relevant authorities, is actively engaged in contact tracing, surveillance, and implementing necessary precautions to minimize the risk of further transmission. Public awareness campaigns on preventive measures and symptoms associated with monkeypox are also being conducted to ensure prompt reporting and timely intervention.