Fresh cases of monkeypox in Kerala, Delhi push total tally in India to eight

The latest cases were recorded a day after a man from Nigeria tested positive for monkeypox in the national capital of Delhi.

Kerala, Delhi report fresh cases of monkeypox, push total in India to eight
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New Delhi: Kerala on Tuesday reported yet another case of monkeypox, taking the total to five in the state. Meanwhile, yet another Nigerian national tested positive in New Delhi, taking the total to three in Delhi and eight in the country.

Kerala health minister Veena George said the patient is a 30-year-old man who arrived at Kozhikode airport on July 27 from the UAE and is currently being treated in Malappuram.

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The latest case in Kerala comes a day after a man from Nigeria tested positive for monkeypox in the national capital of Delhi, becoming the second person in Delhi to be affected by the infection. According to sources, the 35-year-old man had no recent travel history and has been living in Delhi for the last one year.

It is important to note that the country’s first monkeypox death was reported from Kerala, a 22-year-old man who had come back from the UAE. Following the death, the authorities quarantined as many as 20 persons in Thrissur district. The officials said that the victim had come in contact with “only 10 people”, which included family members and friends. The officials also asked the people not to panic and said the situation is in control.

One of the most common symptoms of monkeypox are fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and the disease may lead to a wide range of medical complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting for two to four weeks.

A few days back, at a Covid-19 media briefing, director general of World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had asked men at risk of monkeypox to consider limiting sexual partners for now.

“For men who have sex with men, this includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners, reconsidering sex with new partners, and exchanging contact details with any new partners to enable follow-up if needed,” Ghebreyesus had said.

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