Eight cases of Monkeypox in India, one death: Key points | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has so far reported a total of eight cases of Monkeypox and one-related death. A national task force has been set up to monitor the development of diagnostics and vaccines.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by a virus, which belongs to the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. The disease is endemic in regions like West and Central Africa but lately, cases have been reported from non-endemic countries too, according to the WHO.
Monkeypox typically manifests itself with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting for two to four weeks.

Monkeypox: Things you need to know

Third case in Delhi
Delhi reported another Monkeypox case today, the third case of the viral disease in the national capital so far. A 35-year-old man of African origin tested positive a day after a 35-year-old Nigerian man did.
Both the positive cases are admitted to the Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital, the nodal hospital for treatment of the infection.
The first Delhi case, a man in his 30s, was discharged from the Maulana Azad Medical College Hospital on Monday. He had reportedly attended a stag party recently in Manali, Himachal Pradesh before testing positive for Monkeypox.

Fifth case in Kerala
A 30 year-old man, who came to Kerala from UAE last month, tested positive for Monkeypox today, making him the fifth case of the virus from the southern state.
The first case of Monkeypox was reported from Kollam district on July 14 and the patient was discharged from the hospital last week. The second confirmed case of the infection was reported in Kannur district on July 18 and the third case was reported in neighbouring Malappuram on July 22.
Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man from Kerala died on July 30 due to Monkeypox, making it the first such fatality in the country as well as Asia.
Out of the eight cases detected in India, five have a history of foreign travel, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare said.

India warns against boarding of passengers from UAE with symptoms
Referring to three cases in which the passengers had come to India from the UAE, the Union health ministry has written to the WHO representative in the UAE to ensure that passengers exhibiting symptoms suggestive of Monkeypox are not allowed to board flights to minimise the risk of disease transmission.
Under Article 18 of International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, the WHO member states to undertake exit screening measures at points of entry and if required impose restrictions on persons from affected areas in response to a public health emergency of international concern.

Health Minister says work on for developing testing kits, vaccines
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said a national task force has been set up to monitor the development of diagnostics and vaccines.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has successfully isolated the Monkeypox virus and an expression of interest has been floated for research institutions, vaccine and diagnostic kits manufacturers in India to take the virus strain for further research to develop a vaccine in the country, he informed Rajya Sabha.

70 isolation rooms set up across six hospitals in Delhi
Soon after Delhi reported the third case of Monkeypox, a total of seventy isolation rooms have been set up across six hospitals in the national capital to tackle the situation, informed officials from Delhi government health department.
The Delhi government has set up twenty isolation rooms at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, while ten isolation rooms have been set up in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTB) hospital and ten at Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. Delhi government has also directed three private hospitals to create atleast ten isolation rooms for Monkeypox cases. These three private hospitals are Kailash Deepak Hospital, East Delhi; M D City Hospital, North Delhi and Batra Hospital & Research Centre, Tughlakabad South Delhi, the official statement said.

CEO Adar Poonawalla says SII conducting research to find vaccine
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla Tuesday said his firm is conducting research to find a vaccine against Monkeypox as cases rise in the country. Poonawalla is learnt to have briefed Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on the subject during a meeting at the Nirman Bhawan on Tuesday.
The Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV), which functions under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has already isolated Monkeypox virus from the clinical specimen of a patient.
All 15 samples from Maharashtra test negative
All 15 suspected monkeypox samples from Maharashtra have tested negative for the viral disease, a senior health department official said here on Tuesday. The samples were tested at the National Institute of Virology, Pune and Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai, he added.

Uttarakhand on alert
Uttarakhand Health Department issued an advisory to all the District Magistrates and Chief Medical Officers of the state regarding Monkeypox. The Director of the National Health Mission, R Rajesh Kumar issued orders instructing officials to strictly monitor the situation, strengthen surveillance and to keep the health system on alert mode.
Till date no case of Monkeypox has been reported in Uttarakhand, however, this advisory is issued as a precautionary measure from the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
(With agency inputs)

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