Man with monkeypox-like symptoms dies, Kerala orders ‘high level inquest’
State Health Minister Veena George has launched a high-level investigation into the death of a youngster with monkeypox-like symptoms. The youngster was from Chavakkad Kuranjiyur in Thrissur district and tested positive in a foreign country.
“The test result from the foreign country was positive. He sought treatment in Thrissur due to severe fatigue and encephalitis and Monkeypox is not a fatal disease,” Ms George said. .
She said the delay in seeking treatment will be investigated.
The health department has also called a meeting in Punnayur regarding the death.
In the meantime, a contact list and a road map of the young dead have been prepared. Contact persons have been asked to self-isolate.
Notably, India has reported five cases of monkeypox so far, including three cases from Kerala, one from Delhi and another from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.
Following this, the central government is on alert as the number of infections in some other countries has increased.
In an interview with ANI, NITI Aayog (Health) member Dr. VK Paul asserted that there was no need to panic unduly, but added that it was still important that the country and society remain vigilant. “There is no need to panic, from now on, but it is necessary to report in time if they detect symptoms, he declared.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 18,000 cases have been reported in 78 countries.
“The Monkeypox outbreak can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals educate themselves, take the risks seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” Dr Tedros said Thursday. director general of the WHO.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. The disease is endemic in regions like West and Central Africa, but recently cases have also been reported in non-endemic countries, according to the WHO.
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