Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: India reports 1st Death, Know New Monkeypox Symptoms, How does it start?
Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: India has reported one monkeypox-related death in Kerala. A 22-year-old young man, who died in Thrissur on July 30, 2022 tested positive for monkeypox.
The young man, a native of Punniyoor in Thrissur, had shown monkeypox-like symptoms days after he returned from the UAE. The test of his samples were done in the UAE and the results confirmed the presence of the monkeypox virus.
Kerala State Health Minister Veena George has initiated a high-level inquiry to ascertain the cause of the death.
The person died on July 30. Health dept teams went there, samples sent to NIV, test results show he was monkeypox positive. Team constituted, genomic sequencing being done at NIV: Kerala Health min Veena George pic.twitter.com/BOUk3iezfY
— ANI (@ANI)
August 1, 2022
Monkeypox death in Kerala
Kerala Minister Veena George said that the result of the test conducted in the foreign country was positive. The youth had sought treatment in Thrissur due to severe fatigue and encephalitis.
The state health minister added saying that Monkeypox is not a fatal disease. She stated that delay in seeking treatment for the disease will be investigated upon. The state health department has called a meeting in Punnayur to probe the case.
The department has also prepared a contact list and route map of the youth and all the close contacts have been advised to undergo isolation. Almost 20 people have been quarantined. The person reportedly had direct contact with only 10 people including family members and few friends.
Punnayur village, Kerala | The situation is well under control, there’s no panic here as of now. The person had direct contact with only 10 people including family members & few friends. 20 people quarantined so far: Renjini, Member, Education & Health standing committee pic.twitter.com/zqAXpgV12E
— ANI (@ANI)
August 1, 2022
Monkeypox Cases in India
There has five confirmed Monkeypox cases in India so far, out of which three were reported in Kerala, one in Delhi and one in Andhra Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh’s health department has also detected a person with symptoms similar to monkeypox in Solan`s Baddi. The health condition of the suspected patient is improving and he has been isolated. The patient’s samples have been sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology (NIV).
New Monkeypox Symptoms
-Swollen Lymph Nodes
How is Monkeypox transmitted?
Monkeypox is transmitted from person-to-person through close contact. It does not get spread easily. People must have extremely close and sustained contact with an infected person to get the virus.
Monkeypox gets transmitted usually through following modes-
- Direct contact with skin lesions or body fluids of an infected person
- Sharing of personal items like bedding or clothing of an infected person
- Prolonged exposure to an infected person’s respiratory secretions
- Monkeypox can also spread from animals to people through bites and scratches or use of meat from an infected animal.
How does Monkeypox start?
Monkeypox typically starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever and rashes are formed 1-4 days later. The monkeypox rashes started as raised spots that slowly turn into small blisters that are either hard and round or filled with pus or fluid. These blisters eventually dry up and fall off and a fresh layer of skin is formed.
How long does monkeypox last?
Monkeypox generally lasts for about 2-4 weeks until all rashes are healed, all scabs have fallen off and fresh layer of skin has formed.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.13-Jul-2022
Centre forms task force to monitor Monkeypox Cases in India
The central government has formed a task force to monitor Monkeypox cases in India to and provide guidance to the government to explore vaccination for the infection in the country.
This comes after a youth in Kerala died after showing monkeypox-like symptoms and later tested positive for the disease in the UAE.