Monkeypox case in Kerala: Second confirmed case, confirmed by Health Minister

State Health Minister Veena George said on Monday that one more confirmed case of monkeypox virus has been reported in Kerala.

The Kerala government has stepped up vigil to contain the spread of monkeypox, issuing a special alert to five districts, a day after the southern state reported its first case of the rare virus infection in the country.

After chairing a high-level meeting, George had earlier said that five districts have been issued a special alert as people from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam were co-passengers of the infected person on the Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram IndiGo flight . 12 July.

Kerala government intensifies fight against monkeypox

The minister said that the health department is also monitoring people with chickenpox or similar symptoms to ensure that they do not get monkeypox.

She said that random samples will be tested to find out if anyone else is infected.

“Surveillance at the airport will be intensified. As part of this, the health department will hold discussions with the airport authorities. If anyone develops symptoms, steps will be taken to isolate them and shift them to hospitals. Arrangements have been made for ambulances,” the minister said in a release.

He said that extensive training is being given for the prevention of monkeypox and so far more than 1,200 health workers have been trained.

“The health condition of the patient in whom the infection was confirmed is stable. No one else has been diagnosed with the disease yet. All his contacts are being monitored. The health department is continuously in touch with his contacts and with them. Talks twice.” To inquire about his mental and physical health over phone,” the minister said.

She said the central team also held discussions with her and the health officials. These included the Principal Secretary, Public Health Officer. He visited the patient at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

MoHFW consultant Dr P Raveendran, NCDC (National Center for Disease Control) Joint Director Dr Sanket Kulkarni, Dr Anuradha from RML Hospital, New Delhi, dermatologist Dr Akhilesh Thoke and public health expert Dr Ruchi Jain are part of the team.

The country’s first case of monkeypox in Kerala was confirmed on Thursday after testing samples of a symptomatic person at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

The first case is of a Keralite who had returned from the United Arab Emirates on July 12. All his contacts were identified and 11 of his co-travellers, his family members, an auto driver, a taxi driver and a dermatologist from a private hospital were identified. Where the infected person first sought treatment, they are under observation.

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