Monkeypox: Health ministry issues precautionary measures
Issuing precautionary measures for the citizens to prevent the spread of Monkeypox, the Union health ministry said that a task force has been constituted to closely monitor the emerging situation in the country.
The ministry advised people to isolate themselves from the infected persons. He said that people should use hand sanitisers, wash hands frequently with soap and water and cover their mouths with masks.
The ministry warned sharing linen, beddings, clothes, and towels with people who have tested positive for Monkeypox.
National capital Delhi on Thursday reported its fourth case that taking the case tally to nine in the country. Out of four cases, five have been reported from Kerala, from which a 22-year-old young man who tested positive for the infection on Monday died on July 30. The report said that he returned from the UAE.
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Several US reports have confirmed that most of the monkeypox cases have so far been found among men who had sex with men and the authorities were targeting these populations for vaccination strategy.
According to World Health Organisation, most reported cases so far have been identified through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary healthcare facilities and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis. It was started by a virus that was transmitted to humans from animals. It has similar symptoms to smallpox like fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, Muscle aches and backache, headache and respiratory symptoms.
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