A 31-year-old man from Delhi has been diagnosed with the first case of monkeypox, according to Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, on Sunday.
This is the first instance without a prior history of travel and the fourth case of the viral illness in India. A medical college called Maulana Azad admits the patient.
The 31-year-old man, who has never travelled before, has been accepted to Maulana Azad Medical College.
He had skin lesions and a fever when he was taken to the hospital. The patient is stable, nevertheless.
In the past, instances in India have mostly affected citizens who have recently returned from the Middle East, whereas a foreign resident of Thailand has been proved to be positive for monkeypox.
Following a traveller from the UAE’s return to Kerala on July 14, the first incidence of monkeypox emerged in India. The Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has accepted him.
In Kerala’s Kannur district, India announced its second incidence of monkeypox on July 18. In contrast, the Malappuram district of Kerala, India, reported its third case of monkeypox on July 22.
As the monkeypox outbreak spread across more than 70 countries earlier on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the virus a public health emergency of international concern.
“I have judged that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” stated WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The monkeypox virus causes monkeypox, which is a viral zoonotic infection, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is primarily disseminated through human contact.
The first Indian elected as Regional Director of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region expressed concern over the rapidly spreading cases of monkeypox, but noted that since cases are concentrated among men who have sex with men, further spread of the disease could be stopped with targeted efforts among the at-risk population.
It is really concerning that monkeypox is spreading quickly to so many nations that have never previously experienced it.
With targeted efforts among the at-risk population, the disease can be contained given that infections are concentrated among men who have intercourse with other men, according to a statement from WHO Regional Director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
The disease has been deemed a public health emergency of global significance, and the World Health Organization on Sunday urged nations in the South-East Asia Region to step up surveillance and public health measures for monkeypox.
16000 cases of Monkeypox
75 nations have reported more than 16000 cases of monkeypox, including four from India and one from Thailand.
Direct or indirect contact between infected animals and people can spread the monkeypox virus. Direct skin-to-skin, skin-to-skin, and respiratory droplet contact with infectious skin or lesions can result in human-to-human transmission. Transmission appears to be predominantly through close physical contact, including sexual contact, in the areas where the current outbreak is happening as well as among the cases of monkeypox that have been documented.
Additionally, contaminated items with infectious skin particles, like linens, mattresses, electronics, and clothing, can spread the disease.