August 15, 2022
Nigerian man tests positive for monkeypox;  Second case in Delhi, sixth case across the country

A 35-year-old Nigerian man living in Delhi and having no recent history of foreign travel has tested positive for monkeypox, news agency PTI reported. PTI Quoting official sources.

The Nigerian national, who is the second person from Delhi to test positive for the infection, has been admitted to the nodal hospital, Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital, for treatment of the infection. This is the sixth monkeypox case in India.

The 35-year-old has blisters and fever for the past five days, according to PTI, His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. The report which came on Monday evening came positive. Two suspected African-origin monkeypox patients have also been admitted to LNJP Hospital.

Read more: Center constitutes task force to closely monitor monkeypox virus situation in the country

Meanwhile, a task force on monkeypox has been constituted to closely monitor the emerging situation in the country and decide on response initiatives to combat the spread of the disease.

A 22-year-old man, who had recently returned to Kerala from the United Arab Emirates, died allegedly due to monkeypox on Saturday. So far, a total of four cases of this disease have been reported in India.

The decision to constitute the task force was taken at a high level meeting held on 26 July at the level of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to review the ongoing public health preparedness in the country.

The task force will be headed by Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog. The National AIDS Control Organization and the Directorate General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health have been asked to work on a targeted communication strategy to promote timely reporting, case detection and case management, an official source said.

Prior to April 2022, monkeypox virus infection in humans was rarely reported outside African regions, where it is endemic.

Read more: Test, track, trace: time to learn how to deal with monkeypox from the Covid outbreak

As of last week, more than 20,000 cases had been reported in 77 countries. More than 2,100 monkeypox cases have been reported in 11 African countries and 75 people have died.

(with PTI inputs)

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