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Monkeypox In India | Delhi Man Tested Positive Sent To Hospital

World Medical Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency of international concern. There have been over 16,000 cases reported from 75 countries in the world.

First time in Delhi a man who has no history of international travel tested positive for Monkeypox, said health officials Sunday, taking the infections of the viral disease in India to four.

The man is from West Delhi aged 31, was admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital two days ago, with a history of two weeks of fever and rashes. “We suspected that he had monkeypox and admitted him to our isolation ward. He has now tested positive for the infection. He is being given symptomatic treatment,” said a hospital official.

The First Case In India

In the early stage Kerala had reported India’s first monkeypox case on July 14 after a 35-year-old person who returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On July 18, Kerala confirmed its second case of monkeypox in a 31-year-old man who had arrived in Kannur from Dubai on July 13. The state on Friday confirmed the third case of the infection in a 35-year-old patient who came from the UAE to Malappuram on July 6.

As per the study, a history of international travel was recorded in all three of the cases from Kerala, meaning the infection is likely to have been imported unlike the case from Delhi which suggests local spread.

What Is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a viral infection that is mainly transmitted from animals to humans, previously with limited transmission among humans as the smallpox vaccine used for the eradication of the disease also protected against monkeypox. The first human case was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and subsequently became endemic to several West and Central African countries.

Monkeypox spreads from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash, but now the scientists are also looking at whether the disease is sexually transmitted with cases being diagnosed among men who have sex with men.

Monkeypox Common Symptoms

The most common symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes, along with pox rashes that last for two to three weeks.

It is a self-limiting disease but can lead to death, especially in children and those with weak immune systems. Complications of the infection include pneumonia, secondary skin infections, confusion, and eye problems.

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