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Centre sets up task force as Monkeypox claims one life in India

The first Monkeypox victim, a 22-year-old, died in Thrissur on July 30. He arrived in Kerala from UAE a few days before he succumbed to the disease, according to sources.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 2 Aug 2022, 12:41 pm

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The Centre has set up a task force to monitor the Monkeypox situation in India as the country confirmed its first Monkeypox death in Kerala.

The first Monkeypox victim, a 22-year-old, died in Thrissur on July 30. He arrived in Kerala from UAE a few days before he succumbed to the disease, according to sources.

Also Read: Monkeypox transmission can be stopped with the tools we have now: WHO

The youth from Kerala tested positive for the infection while he was in UAE, reports quoted state Health Minister Veena George as saying on July 31.

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Meanwhile, Delhi also reported a second Monkeypox case, a Nigerian national with no recent travel history, according to reports.

Also Read: What is monkeypox? Here's all you need to know about its symptoms and more

While monitoring the situation in the country, the Monkeypox Task Force will also provide guidance on exploring vaccination for the infection and expnasion of diagnostic facilities, sources in the Health Ministry said.

While Rajasthan has reported a suspected case, India has so far a total of six Monkeypox confirmed cases, with four cases in Kerala and two in Delhi.

Also Read: Diagnosis by NIV Pune confirms Monkeypox in Delhi resident

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WHO says that Monkeypox is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus. 

Recently, Manipur Health Society, alerted the people with unexplained rashes and who have travelled in the last 21 days to a country that recently reported confirmed or suspected cases of Monkeypox to report to the nearest health facility.

Also Read: The Twin Threats of Monkeypox and COVID-19

State mission director, National Health Mission, Dr Somorjit Ningombam that fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes are clinical features of the disease but may lead to a range of medical complications. 

Usually, it is a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from two to four weeks. However, symptoms can be severe in children and immunosuppressed individuals and fatality rate may vary from 1-10 per cent, he stated.

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