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Monkeypox scare: Second case surfaced in Kerala’s Kannur, man, 31, travelled from Dubai

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Monkey pox scare in India is increasing rapidly, Country detects its second positive case of Monkeypox from Kerala’s Kannur. The man is 31-year-old was returned from Dubai, according to state health ministry. The government, on the other hand, has stepped up vigil to contain the spread of monkeypox, issuing special alerts to five districts, a day after the southern state reported the country’s first case of the rare virus infection.

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A 31-year-old man from Kerala has tested positive for monkeypox on Monday, making it the second confirmed case of the disease in India, a government official said.

State Health Minister Veena George earlier chaired a high-level meeting and issued special alert to five districts as people from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam were co-passengers of the infected person in the Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram Indigo flight that landed on 12 July.

The infected man, who is from Kannur district in the state, landed at the Mangalore airport in coastal Karnataka from Dubai on July 13.

He was admitted to a hospital after he exhibited symptoms of the disease. His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and they tested positive for monkeypox, the officials said.

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The patient, who is being treated at Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur, is stable, the state heath department has confirmed.

Last week, a man who had returned to Kerala from the UAE had tested positive for monkeypox.

At the time the Centre had rushed a team of experts from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assist the state.

The World Health Organization or WHO said Thursday it would reconvene its expert monkeypox committee on July 21 to decide whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency.

A surge in monkeypox infections has been reported since early May outside the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic. Most monkeypox infections so far have been observed in men who have sex with men, of young age and chiefly in urban areas, according to the WHO.

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According to the state health ministry, the help desks will be helpful in identifying the symptoms of monkeypox in travelers coming from abroad, where trained personnel have been deployed. Apart from travelers coming from countries where cases of monkeypox have been reported in the last 21 days, people with symptoms such as fever, blisters, headache, body aches, muscle aches, sore throat and difficulty in swallowing food will be taken to airports. But it is advised to contact the help desk.

5 districts of Kerala have been put on high alert as well as the state government has instructed the patient to remain in home quarantine for 21 days if he shows symptoms of infection.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox virus is transmitted from infected animals to humans via indirect or direct contact. Human-to-human transmission can occur through direct contact with infectious skin or lesions, including face-to-face, skin-to-skin, and respiratory droplets

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