First Case of Monkeypox Reported in India

Health authorities in Kerala, India’s southern state, confirmed the first case of monkeypox on Thursday after tests results from the National Institute of Virology in Pune, came back positive. 

Kerala Health Minister Veena George said the first case is a 38 year old local resident who had just returned from travel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday. 

“All those who came in contact with the man have been isolated and they are being closely observed,” George said

George added that the man subjected himself to immediate treatment after finding out that his close contact in the UAE tested positive for monkeypox.  

“He told us he was well covered during his flight to Thiruvananthapuram. But we have identified 11 persons who sat near his seat beside some crew members of the flight,” George said, adding that they were all quarantined. 

Meanwhile, a Union health ministry official said the central team would help the state government in the investigation of the outbreak and execute containment measures. 

Earlier, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan issued an advisory to all state governments asking officials to intensify observations of symptoms at international entry points, hospitals, and high-risk areas as cases are on the rise globally. 

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