First monkeypox found in Kerala
A Monkeypox case found in Kerala, a 35-year-old man who came from UAE a few days ago has been admitted to Thiruvananthapuram medical college. This is the first case of Monkeypox in our country that was confirmed in Kerala on Thursday and he is under observation now. Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease with symptoms similar to smallpox. According to the WHO, it is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting two-four weeks.
The virus is transmitted through close contact with another infected person or animal and spreads from lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials such as bedding.
The symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle ache and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and rashes that can look like pimples or blisters on the face, inside the mouth, and other parts of the body. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that it will hold an emergency meeting next week to assess if monkeypox should be declared a global emergency. Last month, the agency said the outbreak did not yet warrant the declaration but said it would review issues such as the possibility that monkeypox might be infecting more vulnerable populations like children, and whether the virus is causing more severe disease. The beginning phase of the illness lasts for about 5 days.“Patients may experience a combination of fever and/or chills, lymphadenopathy, headache, myalgia, backache, and exhaustion. Fever is present in most, but not all patients.”The disease has a fatality rate of between 1 to 10 % depending on the variant there are two endemic countries.
National Desk, Ne India News