Kerala reports India’s first monkeypox case

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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.

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The disease

  • 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.

Prelims take away

  • Monkeypox
  • Viral disease
  • National Institute of Virology