Delhi today reported its first monkeypox case as a 31-year-old man with no foreign travel history was diagnosed with the disease. This is the fourth monkeypox case reported in India with the previous three cases being reported from Kerala. The man had attended a party in Manali in Himachal Pradesh. A high-level review meeting on monkeypox has been called by the Directorate General Of Health Services (DGHS).
The Delhi resident was hospitalised with symptoms of the disease three days ago. His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that the disease was detected in the city, while asserting that there’s no need to panic. The person was admitted two days ago. He had a fever and skin rash. They kept him under observation. Later his samples were sent to Pune and today they received the report in which he was found positive for Monkeypox. He’s being treated as per SoP,” said Suresh Kumar, Director, LNJP Hospital
Monkeypox is a zoonotic virus with symptoms similar to smallpox, but less severe.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic virus with symptoms similar to smallpox, but less severe. The virus transmission occurs from infected animals to humans via direct or indirect contact. It can also be transmitted from humans to humans through direct contact with the infected person’s skin or lesions, and respiratory droplets. So far, more than 16,000 monkeypox cases have been reported from 75 countries across the world. Five deaths have also been reported in Africa. Apart from India, only one such case has been reported from the WHO’s South-East Asia Region in Thailand. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. The highest alarm it can sound.