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Centre is in ‘Alert’ after 2 Monkeypox Cases: Airport advised to ensure strict health screening of int’l travellers

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Second case of Monkeypox reported in India. 31-year-old patient arrived from Dubai, now patient is stable and being treated in his hometown Kannur. So in the view of its scare The Central government on Monday asked for a strict health screening of all foreign travellers at airports and ports amid an increasing risk of monkeypox in the country. The Union Health Ministry stated that it has asked all airports and ports to ensure the screening of all passengers.

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“Centre Reviews Points of Entry (PoEs) Health actions at international airports and ports. State, airport and port health officers advised ensuring health screening of all international travellers to minimise the risk of importation of monkeypox disease,” the ministry said in a statement after a meeting attended by airport and port health officers (APHOs and PHOs), regional directors from regional offices of health and family welfare, and senior officials from International Health Division, and Disaster Management Cell.

They were advised and re-oriented in the clinical presentation of monkeypox disease as per the ministry of health’s ‘Guidelines for Management of Monkeypox disease’.

The Centre has also called for effective coordination with other stakeholder agencies like Immigration at international ports and airports to streamline health screening processes besides ensuring suitable linkages with hospital facilities earmarked to each port of entry for timely referral and isolation. The meeting was attended by senior officials from International Health Division, and Disaster Management Cell.

The advisory comes on a day the country reported a second case of the zoonotic disease in Kerala — the same state that reported India’s first monkeypox case.

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The second monkeypox case was confirmed in Kerala’s Kannur district, with state Health Minister Veena George saying that the patient is a 31-year-old man, currently being treated at Pariyaram Medical College. “The patient’s health condition is reported to be satisfactory. Those in close contact with him have been put under surveillance,” she said.

The patient landed at the Mangalore airport in coastal Karnataka from Dubai on July 13. He was admitted to a hospital after he showed symptoms of the zoonotic disease. His samples were sent to NIV, Pune and they tested positive for monkeypox.

The first patient was from Kollam district, who had returned from the UAE.

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