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Monkeypox: First death due to monkeypox in India

Monkeypox: The threat of monkeypox is increasing continuously in India. Meanwhile, a 22-year-old youth with symptoms of monkeypox died in Thrissur district of Kerala. The youth had returned from UAE on July 21.

At the same time, the state government has announced a high-level inquiry to investigate the matter. On Sunday, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said they would investigate the cause of death of the 22-year-old, who had recently returned from the United Arab Emirates and died of monkeypox on Saturday.

He further said that the youth was found infected with monkeypox in the UAE itself. The youth reached India on July 21, while his report was found positive a day before leaving the UAE. The Health Minister said that the report of his sample has not come yet. He said that the patient was young and did not have any other disease or any other health related problem, so the health department is ascertaining the cause of his death.

At the same time, Health Minister George said that it will be investigated why there was a delay in getting him admitted to the hospital after his arrival from the UAE on 21 July. The Health Minister told the media that this particular type of monkeypox is not as contagious as Covid-19, but it does spread. Monkeypox has a relatively low mortality rate from this type, so we will investigate why the 22-year-old died in this particular case because he had no other illness or health problems.

He said that since this type of monkeypox spreads, all necessary measures have been taken to prevent it. The Health Minister also said that there are no studies available on the specific type of the disease from other countries where the disease has been detected and hence Kerala is conducting a study on it.

Centre has formed a task force in the wake of Monkeypox cases in India to monitor and provide guidance to the government on the expansion of diagnostic facilities and to explore vaccination for the infection in the country.

The decision was taken during a meeting which was attended by Cabinet secretary, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Additional Secretary (PMO) and other senior officials.

“The team will be headed by Dr VK Paul, member (Health), NITI Aayog and members including Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Pharma and Biotech,” sources told ANI.

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