Kerala reported the second case of monkeypox today in the Kannur district. According to the reports, the health of the patient is satisfactory, and is currently undergoing treatment at Pariyaram Medical College.
The disease is reported in a 31-year-old man who returned from Dubai on July 13. Veena George, Kerala Health Minister said those who have come in close contact with him have been put under surveillance.
India reported its first case of monkeypox on July 14 in a man who returned from the UAE. Monkeypox has been detected in 63 countries.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia said the Region has been on alert for monkeypox. Countries have been taking measures to rapidly detect and take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of monkeypox.
Symptoms of Monkeypox
Monkeypox is a rare disease that spreads from animals to humans. Animal-to-person transmission occurs through broken skin, like from bites or scratches, or through direct contact with an infected animal’s blood, bodily fluids, or pox lesions (sores).
Fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigues and swollen lymph nodes are some of the symptoms of monkeypox.
A rash frequently appears a few days later. The rash initially appears as itchy, flat, red bumps. These bumps develop into blisters, filled with pus. The blisters eventually dry out and peel off; the entire process can take two to four weeks. Additionally, ulcers in the mouth, vagina, or anus are possible.
Since the year’s commencement, more than 6000 cases of monkeypox have been recorded from 60 countries, along with three fatalities. More cases can be expected as surveillance expands.
Another deadly virus has been reported in Ghana. Two people died due to the Marburg virus, which is similar to Ebola, earlier this month. The Marburg virus originated in Guinea last year with a single case, with no further cases identified.