Delhi yesterday reported first case of Monkeypox. The patient has been admitted to Maulana Azad Medical College, the Union Health Ministry confirmed. The patient is a 31-year-old man with no travel history. He was admitted to the hospital with fever and skin lesions, as per media reports.
With this, a total of four confirmed cases of Monkeypox have been reported in the country so far.
Meanwhile, Delhi CM Kejriwal has appealed to people not to panic. He said the situation is under control. The Delhi chief minister said that a separate isolation ward has been created at LNJP to treat such patients.
The man had attended a stag party recently in Manali in Himachal Pradesh, official sources said.
A resident of West Delhi, the man was admitted to the Maulana Azad Medical College Hospital here around three days ago after he showed symptoms of monkeypox.
His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune on Saturday which came out positive, the agency said.
The other three cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Kerala. On July 22, India's third Monkeypox was confirmed in a 35-year-old man who returned to Mallapuram from UAE early this month.
Kerala has issued standard operating procedures (SOP) for isolation, sample collection, and treatment of those infected or showing signs of the disease.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also asked airports to do the screening of all passengers amid the Monkeypox outbreak in the world.
The ministry advised officials to coordinate with agencies like Immigration at international ports and airports to streamline health screening processes.
Yesterday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to designate the Monkeypox outbreak as a global health emergency – the highest alarm it can sound.