First monkeypox case reported from Delhi
New Delhi: Even as the number of active covid-19 cases has shot up to over 1.50 lakh in the country, four cases of dreaded monkeypox, including one from Delhi, have been reported. It was the first case of monkeypox reported from the national capital, sources said on Sunday. Three earlier cases were reported from Kerala. The 31-year-old man who was diagnosed with the virus in West Delhi had no foreign travel history, sources further said.
The man has reportedly taken part in a stag party in Himachal Pradesh. When he was down with certain symptoms of monkeypox, like fever and skin lesions, his blood samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) and the report was positive, a health ministry official said.
The patient was admitted to Maulana Azad Medical College. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already declared monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency, calling upon the countries in South-East Asia, including India, to step up surveillance.
Expressing concerns over rapidly spreading disease, regional director of WHO, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh says that there are reports of monkeypox cases from such countries that have not seen the disease before.
A group of scientists belonging to 16 countries across the world recently submitted a report on monkeypox, saying that it transmits through sexual relations, especially through homosexual relations. The world health body says that the disease also spreads from infected animals to men. The contaminated materials like linens, bedding, electronics items, clothes may also transmit the disease, WHO says.