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Monkeypox virus: Health ministry releases new guidelines for int’l travelers; 21-Day isolation must

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The world was not yet completely relieved from the corona pandemic that now another crisis has emerged in the form of monkeypox. After receiving cases of monkeypox from many countries around the world, now this virus has entered India as well. The first case of monkeypox in the country was registered in Kerala. After the first case was registered, the Union Health Ministry has issued guidelines for international travelers on Friday.

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The man who was found to be suffering from monkeypox in Kerala had returned to India after traveling to the UAE. As soon as the case of monkeypox comes in the country, the central government has become alert and a guideline has been issued for the travelers coming from other countries.

– According to the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry, the person suffering from monkeypox will be monitored and the infected person will be kept in isolation for 21 days.

– According to the instructions, in case of any suspected case of monkeypox, the sample will be sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for examination.

– According to the guidelines issued by the ministry, all international travelers should avoid coming in contact with sick people who have wounds on their skin or other body parts.

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– The Health Ministry also said in its advisory that travelers should also avoid coming in contact with dead or live wild animals. Like small mammals (mice or squirrels) or non-human primates (like monkeys or apes), the ministry has also asked travelers to avoid eating meat from wild animals.

– In the guidelines, the ministry has asked travelers not to use products made from wild animals of Africa such as creams, lotions or powders.

– The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that contaminated materials used by sick people, such as clothing, bedding and materials used in health care settings, should be avoided. Along with this, avoid using objects that have come in contact with infected animals.

In view of the increasing threat of this virus, the World Health Organization has also included it in the low to medium category. In Africa, this disease has also taken the form of an epidemic. According to the WHO, the monkeypox virus quickly affects those with weak immune systems.

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