THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A man from Kerala who was India’s first monkey pox patient and was treated on State Medical University This is where the country’s health minister has recovered from the disease Veena George said on Saturday.
The 35-year-old comes from collamShe would be released later in the day, she said.
Because this was the first case of monkeypox in the country, the tests were done twice, 72 hours apart, according to National Institute of Virology (NIV) guidance, she said.
“All samples were twice negative. The patient is physically and mentally healthy. The skin imperfections are completely healed. He’s going to be released today,” George said.
The minister also said the test results of his family members, who were on the primary contact list with him, were also negative.
At present, the health status of two other people who have also tested positive for the infection remains satisfactory, the minister said, adding that prevention and surveillance measures continue with the same vigour.
Born Kollam, who returned to Kerala from abroad and was hospitalized after showing symptoms of monkeypox, tested positive for the disease on July 14.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) with symptoms similar to those seen previously in smallpox patients, although clinically less severe. With the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and the subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination, monkeypox has become the most important public health orthopox virus.
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