India’s First Monkeypox Case: State Health Minister Veena George said today that a person traveling from the United Arab Emirates has tested positive for monkeypox in Kerala. He landed at the Thiruvananthapuram airport and is “quite stable, with all-important normalcy”, he told news agency ANI.
He said his primary contacts have also been identified, including his father, mother, a taxi driver, an auto driver and 11 fellow passengers from the side seats.
Meanwhile, the Center said it would deploy a multi-disciplinary central team to probe the outbreak and support the Kerala government in setting up necessary health measures.
“In view of the report of a confirmed case of monkeypox disease from Kollam district, Kerala, it has been decided to depute the following multi-disciplinary central team to support the State Government of Kerala in the investigation of the outbreak and to put in place necessary public health measures is gone” the official statement read.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it will hold an emergency meeting next week to assess whether monkeypox should be declared a global emergency. Last month, the agency said the outbreak did not yet warrant a declaration, but said it would review issues such as whether monkeypox can infect more vulnerable populations, like children, and whether the virus can cause more severe disease Used to be.
Monkeypox is a virus that causes feverish symptoms in addition to a characteristic bumpy rash. It is usually mild, although there are two main strains. The Congo strain, which is more severe, causes the death of up to 10 percent of patients; and the West African breed, which has a mortality rate of about 1 percent.
The initial stage of the disease lasts about 5 days. “Patients may experience a combination of fever and/or chills, lymphadenopathy, headache, myalgia, back pain, and fatigue. Fever occurs in most, but not all, patients.”
In the second stage, a rash appears. According to WHO, in 95% of cases it is believed to be concentrated on the face.
Two months ago, scientists were concerned after some cases of monkeypox – which occur mostly in the western and central regions of Africa – were reported or suspected in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain. India’s First Monkeypox Case!