Delhi announces fourth case of monkeypox in India | India latest news

Delhi reported its first case of monkeypox after a man with no history of traveling abroad tested positive on Sunday. The 31-year-old man in West Delhi has been taken to hospital.

This is the fourth case in India, with the remaining three cases from Kerala.

On Saturday, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global public health emergency.

Detailing about the virus – which has now spread to 75 countries and has reported more than 17,000 cases worldwide, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there was “a clear risk of further international spread” although the risk of interference with global traffic remained ” low at the moment.

Speaking at the UN health office, Ghebreyesus added: “In short, we have an outbreak that has spread across the world rapidly, with new routes of transmission, of which we understand very little and that meet the criteria in the International Health Regulations.” Agency press briefing.

The World Health Organization confirmed that a large number of cases of monkeypox have been reported among men who have sex with men. However, he urged a non-discriminatory approach to combating the recent global outbreak.

Meanwhile, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia, said it is possible to reduce the spread of animal disease through focused efforts among vulnerable populations.

She echoed Ghebreyesus by noting that these efforts and measures must be “sensitive, and free from stigma or discrimination”.

“Although the risk of monkeypox infection globally and in the (Southeast Asia) region is moderate, the potential for it to spread internationally is real. Also, there are still many unknowns about the virus. We need to stay alert. and ready to initiate an intense response to reduce the spread of monkeypox,” Singh added.

According to the World Health Organization, animal disease is transmitted to humans through close contact with a person or animal infected with “pests, body fluids and respiratory droplets,” or with material contaminated with the monkeypox virus.

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Notably, India’s first case of monkeypox was detected earlier this month in Kerala, after which the center rushed a multidisciplinary team to the area to quell the outbreak. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has trained up to 15 research diagnostic laboratories across the country for early detection of the virus.

Moreover, the central government has issued a set of guidelines to check the spread of the virus in India, including those at entry points into the country. International passengers are advised to avoid close contact with sick, dead or live wild animals, etc. They were also advised not to eat or prepare meat from wild game or to use items such as powders and preparations derived from wild animals from Africa.

In addition, if a person develops symptoms of the virus, including fever and rash, has been in an area where monkeypox has been reported or has been in contact with someone who may have it, they are advised to consult a doctor immediately. nearest health facility.

(with ANI input)

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