Kerala youth who returned from UAE is India's first monkeypox victim
emirates7 - India has joined Spain and Brazil to report the first monkeypox-related death outside Africa.

Kerala reported the first monkeypox death that of a youth who died in Thrissur on Saturday, newindianexpress reported.

The 22-year-old had tested positive for monkeypox about 10 days ago in the UAE but had reportedly not disclosed it to the doctors who attended him.

The National Institute of Virology in Pune where his samples were tested after an initial confirmation at the institute’s regional unit in Kerala confirmed today that the death was due to monkeypox.

On Sunday, Health Minister Veena George had directed the health officials to constitute a high-level team to probe the death, as reported by newindianexpress.

Meanwhile, the Centre has formed a task force to closely monitor the emerging situation in the country in the wake of rising monkeypox cases and chalk out measures to curb the spread of the disease.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), this is the first time that many monkeypox cases and clusters have been reported concurrently in non-endemic and endemic countries in widely disparate geographical areas.

According to a WHO statement, most reported cases so far have been identified through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary health-care facilities and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men.

WHO is collaborating with health authorities to prevent the further spread of the disease.

[01-08-2022 02:11 PM]


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