India Reports Third Case of Monkeypox from Kerala

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  • Third case of Monkeypox reported from Kerala.
  • Infected individual has travel history to UAE.
  • Aurhorities at airports alerted and directed to conduct stringent testing on arrival.

Kerala: India reports the third case of Monkeypox in Kerala on Friday, July 22nd, officials said. The infected individual is a 35-year-old man from Mallapuram, Kerala with a travel history to UAE on July 6th.

All three cases are from Kerala, returnees from the UAE, said officials. In a media interaction, Health Minister Veena George informed that the affected individual was rushed to the Manjeri medical college hospital on July 15 after he showed symptoms and all his contacts were quarantined later. The minister added that the condition of all three infected were stable and no secondary infection was reported from the state.

The state expedited tests at the regional centre of NIV in Alapuzha after getting testing kits from the National Institute of Virology in Pune. All four airports have screening desks set up and passengers arriving especially from the Middle East countries are being screened.

India reported its first case of Monkeypox from the same state on July 14th. A few days later the second case was confirmed. On July 18th, a 31-year-old passenger from UAE arrived in the Kannur district and is undergoing treatment at the Pariyaram Medical College

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