3 Monkeypox Cases in Delhi, 8 in India, Says Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya
The central government has formed a task force to monitor the spread of monkeypox cases in the country.
Five of these cases have a history of foreign travel, Mandaviya added, according to ANI.
"No disease should be taken lightly. In case of monkeypox disease as well, awareness is important. Indian government has constituted a task force under NITI Aayog. It happens through deep contact. One should take all precautions. However, there is no need to be scared," the health minister was further quoted as saying.
"The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has successfully isolated the monkeypox virus and an expression of interest has been floated for research institutions, vaccine and diagnostic kits manufacturers in India to take the virus strain for further research to develop a vaccine in the country."Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya
Meanwhile, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla said that his firm is conducting research to find a vaccine against monkeypox.
Poonawalla reportedly briefed Health Minister Mandaviya on the subject during a meeting at the Nirman Bhawan in Delhi on Tuesday.
Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal on 1 August requested Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman, executive director and International Health Regulations focal point, the United Arab Emirates, to intensify screening which ensures that people exhibiting symptoms of the virus are not allowed to board flights in an attempt to minimise the risk of transmission.
Nigerian Man Living in Delhi Tests Positive
On Monday, 1 August, a 35-year-old Nigerian man living in Delhi tested positive for monkeypox, news agency ANI reported.
Dr Suresh Kumar from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital told ANI that the man has "maculopapular and vesiculopustular rashes over the thighs, face, etcetera."
The report further added that the man has a low-grade fever and skin lesions, and he is housed at an isolation facility.
Meanwhile, the Medical Superintendent Nursing Homes and the Delhi government directed three private hospitals to create at least ten isolation rooms for monkeypox cases. Five rooms will be used to manage suspected cases of the virus while the other five will be used for the management of confirmed cases.
The hospitals that have been roped in are:
Kailash Deepak Hospital, Vikas Marg Extension, east Delhi
MD City Hospital, Model Town, north Delhi
Batra Hospital and Research Centre, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, south Delhi
First Death Recorded in Kerala
The central government on Monday formed a task force to monitor the spread of monkeypox cases in the country.
It further said that over 6,000 cases of monkeypox and three deaths have been reported across 60 countries.
(Corrigendum: This report had originally quoted the total number of monkeypox cases recorded in India as being seven and has been updated to reflect that the tally cited by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya was eight. The error is regretted.)
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