KERALA. Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has seen its second case of monkeypox; the new carrier is a 31-year-old guy. He arrived in Kannur from Dubai on July 13, received confirmation of his case on July 18, and was admitted to the Kannur government medical college hospital. Veena George, Minister of Health, stated, “The patient’s health is satisfactory. Those in his immediate vicinity have been placed under monitoring.” Kerala reported the first case of monkeypox last week.
A high-level multi-disciplinary central team was conveyed to Kerala to collaborate with state authorities in the execution of public health measures. At least 14 states are on high alert, and help desks have been elevated at all four airports in the state. Amid the rise of infectious disease, the ministry of health & family welfare asked the Centre to review health inspection procedures at the Points of Entry at all international airports and ports.
In order to reduce the risk of importing the disease that causes monkeypox, the ministry states that “State, airport, and port health officers have been ordered to guarantee health screening of all international travellers.”
According to doctors, the rapid growth of the case mostly can be seen among gay and bisexual men, who often present with rashes in the genital and anal areas.
World Health Organisation declaration about Monkeypox: Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal or with material that came in contact with the virus. Monkeypox typically presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications.
It usually gets transmitted via close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding. Monkeypox is a self-limiting disease that typically lasts 2 to 4 weeks. Severe instances are more common in children and are associated with the extent of viral exposure, patient health state, and the form of sequelae.