Delhi reported another monkeypox case today, the third case of the viral disease in the national capital so far.
“Till date eight cases of the disease have been detected in India, out of which five have foreign travel history,” Mr Mandaviya said in the Rajya Sabha.
Health ministry officials said five of the eight monkeypox cases have been reported from Kerala. Kerala on Monday reported India’s first monkeypox fatality after the test results of a 22-year-old man, who died on Saturday following his return from the United Arab Emirates, returned positive. The state authorities were investigating if monkeypox was the sole reason behind his death.
On Monday, a 35-year-old man from Nigeria with no recent history of foreign travel also tested positive for the disease.
The Delhi government has identified three private hospitals, where monkeypox isolation wards will be created for confirmed and suspected cases.
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Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. The disease is endemic in regions like West and Central Africa but lately, cases have been reported from non-endemic countries too, according to the WHO.
Monkeypox typically manifests itself with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting for two to four weeks.