Kerala reports India’s first monkeypox case
- First known lab-confirmed case of monkeypox in India has been reported in Kerala.
- National Institute of Virology, Pune confirmed the disease.
- Person infected came from UAE.
- Few other persons who might qualify as contacts will go into isolation and monitoring for the next 21 days.
- All districts have been asked to enhance disease surveillance and look for any fever with unusual symptoms.
- Kerala Health Department has taken all precautions to ensure that the infection does not spread outside the circle of close contacts.
- Monkeypox initially presents like any tropical disease with fever, headache, joint ache and possible swelling of the lymph glands.
- The incubation period ranges from five to 21 days.
- Symptoms: Rashes on face, inside palms and body one to four days after fever.
- Course of the disease could last two to four weeks, during which time the rashes progress into pustules, vesicular lesions and scabs.
- Mode of transmission: through close contact and by touching or sharing clothes or bedding used by the patient because the lesions usually have a high viral load.
- Transmission extends throughout the course of the illness, till the lesions heal.
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- Viral disease
- National Institute of Virology