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Chance of monkeypox spreading to Malaysia is reduced, affirms Health Ministry

The threat of monkeypox contamination in Malaysia is reduced, however the government will continue to be alert, claims Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

The spread of the virus from human to human is pretty low. It typically spreads from a (monkeypox) affected person, who has had close contact with the other person.

Dr Lee’s remarks came in the wake of where Nigerian national was tested positive for the virus upon coming back from a visit to Nigeria.

He additionally stated the Ministry would take action against any doctor who promoted alternatives to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

“People who chose not to be vaccinated had a right to do so, but the ministry would be hunting for ways to enhance MMR coverage among the community.” he stated.

“The coverage continues to be inadequate to provide a herd immunity to the community, but we are going to boost our efforts to make sure that the coverage of MMR would be above 95%,” he claimed.

Dr Lee stated the MMR vaccine was generally provided to people who were nine months old.

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