According to sources, three samples tested for monkeypox in India in the last ten days have come back negative for the viral disease, indicating that while India has not yet had a case of monkeypox, the pox’s spread around the world is being actively monitored. Three samples from Hyderabad and Goa sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research’s premier virology laboratory at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune tested negative.
“There has yet to be a laboratory-confirmed case of monkeypox in India. So far, all samples sent to the National Institute of Virology have come back negative.
Aside from sample testing, the method in the event of a suspected or confirmed case is similar to that used during the COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, those suspected of having monkeypox would be quarantined at approved medical facilities until all lesions have healed and a new layer of skin has formed, or until the treating physician decides to release them.
Since May 13, the World Health Organization has received reports of infections from at least 23 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Australia, which are not endemic to the monkeypox virus.
As of May 26, 257 laboratory-confirmed cases and roughly 120 suspected cases have been reported to the UN authorities as of May 26.
According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is caused by the Monkeypox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family. Fever, rash, and enlarged lymph nodes are the most common symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization, “monkeypox is transmitted to people by direct contact with an infected person or animal, or through material contaminated with the virus.” It is spread from person to person through direct contact with lesions, bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials such as bedding, according to health experts.
The Indian government had already given SOPs to local authorities to perform surveillance at all entry points into the country, including foreign travellers arriving from Africa and those who displayed symptoms of the disease.