Monkeypox: Delhi native with no international travel history tests positive, fourth case in India

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A West Delhi resident with no international travel history has become the fourth Indian to test positive for monkeypox, The Indian Express reported Sunday, citing Health Ministry sources.

The 31-year-old came to Lok Nayak Hospital two days ago. He had been suffering from a fever for two weeks and had skin rashes. He was admitted to an isolation ward as a suspected case and has now tested positive.

The man has no international travel history but recently visited Himachal Pradesh, the sources said.

This is the fourth case of monkeypox in India. Kerala reported its third case on Friday, in Malappuram district. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said the patient had recently returned to the state from the United Arab Emirates.

India’s first monkeypox case was reported on July 14 – a 35-year-old Kerala native who had also returned from the United Arab Emirates. The second case – a 31-year-old man who returned to Kannur from Dubai – was confirmed on July 18.

On Saturday, the World Health Organization pulled its highest alert for monkeypox and declared it a public health emergency of international concern. He used the same statement for Covid-19 in January 2020.

“We have an epidemic that has spread rapidly around the world thanks to new modes of transmission that we understand too little and that meet the criteria of international health regulations,” said the director general of the World Health Organization. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The threat level is moderate for all regions except Europe, where it has been assessed as high. More than 16,000 cases have been reported in 75 countries.

According to the Union Department of Health guidelines on monkeypox, a person suspected of having the infection should have an unexplained rash and any of the other symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, aches and deep weakness.

During the current outbreak, monkeypox has spread among men who have sex with men outside West and Central Africa, where it is endemic. The Guardian reported. The disease is mainly spread by close contact.

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