Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – India reported its first case of monkeypox in a 35-year-old man who had visited the Middle East, government officials said Thursday (7/14).
The man traveled to the southern Indian state of Kerala from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on July 12, Kerala Health Minister Veena George told reporters late Thursday.
George said the patient is in stable condition and has been isolated at a hospital.
“His condition is stable and all major vital signs are normal. We have asked all districts to be vigilant,” the minister said.
Endemic to parts of Africa, monkeypox is an infectious disease that causes flu-like symptoms and sores on the skin.
About 60 countries that don’t take that into account monkey pox have reported the outbreak as endemic. The case has been confirmed to reach 10,500 people.
George said parents and people who have been in contact with the patient have also been quarantined.
Meanwhile, eleven passengers who had contact with the man during the flight and several others have been asked to monitor the possibility of developing symptoms.
The federal government said in a press release it is sending a high-level team to Kerala to work with local authorities and make the necessary recommendations on public health regulations.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges, it is critical that we are aware of the various public health threats and proactively prepare to respond,” said Rajesh Bushan, Under Secretary of the Federal Department of Health.
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