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Be Alert! Second Monkeypox case found in Delhi, 35-year-old Nigerian with no travel history tests positive

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Be alert from Monkeypox as it arrives in India. Country is getting back to back cases The second patient of monkeypox has been found in the country’s capital Delhi. A 35-year-old Nigerian man living in Delhi has been found infected with Monkeypox Symptoms. According to the report, the patient has no recent travel history. With this, the total number of Monkeypox infected in the country has increased to six.

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The Nigerian national has been admitted to the Delhi government-run nodal hospital LNJP for treatment. He has blisters and fever for the last five days. The patient’s samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.

An official source said that the report which came on Monday evening showed that he is positive with monkeypox virus. Let us inform that two more suspected patients of monkeypox of African origin have also been admitted to LNJP Hospital.

Meanwhile, a task force on monkeypox has been constituted to closely monitor the emerging situation in the country and decide on response initiatives to tackle the spread of the disease.

The decision to constitute the task force was taken at a high-level meeting held on July 26 at the level of the principal secretary to the prime minister to review the ongoing public health preparedness in the country.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently declared monkeypox a global public health emergency of international concern. Globally, over 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported from 75 countries.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease — a virus transmitted to humans from animals — with symptoms similar to smallpox although clinically less severe.

The common symptoms of monkeypox are fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes. It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting for two to four weeks.

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