In an update regarding the monkeypox crisis, after 12 countries confirmed cases of monkeypox, India issued an advisory to officials and it is now reported that arrivals from 12 countries will be screened. Earlier on Saturday, the World Health organization confirmed that as many as 50 suspected cases are under investigation and confirmed that more cases are likely to emerge soon in reports.

So far, the monkeypox infections have been reported from nine European countries such as UK, Spain, Germany, France and other countries including Canada, Australia and USA. “There are about 80 confirmed cases so far, and 50 pending investigations. More cases are likely to be reported as surveillance expands,” the WHO reported.

In its statement, WHO also confirmed that monkeypox is transmitted through close contact. The people who are most vulnerable to get infected with Monkeypox are health care workers, household members of monkeypox patients, and sexual partners of monkeypox patients.

Meanwhile, India will start screening arrival from “international entry points” where monkeypox crisis is reported. “A detailed SOP has been issued to officers manning all international entry points that are the first such screening guidelines for monkeypox issued in the country, for international passengers coming from African countries,” a Hindustan Times report quoted a ministry official saying.

The Facts of the Matter

As the world continues to fight tooth and nail against COVID-19, and vaccinate people to reach an ‘endemic’ stage, a new healthcare crisis is looming over European countries. The World Health Organization has confirmed that as many as 80 patients are confirmed to be infected with highly infectious viral disease monkeypox.

As many as 12 countries have confirmed cases of monkeypox. They are – UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, US, Canada and Australia.

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WHO Issues Statement on Monkeypox

Earlier on Friday, WHO issued a statement where it confirmed that outbreaks across 11 of the countries are “atypical” and are occurring in “non-endemic countries”. The WHO in its statement noted, “There are about 80 confirmed cases so far, and 50 pending investigations. More cases are likely to be reported as surveillance expands.”

“WHO is working with the affected countries and others to expand disease surveillance to find and support people who may be affected, and to provide guidance on how to manage the disease,” the statement further read.

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How India is Preparing Against Potential Monkeypox Spread

Meanwhile, earlier on Friday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya directed the National Centre for Disease Control and ICMR to keep a close eye on the developing situation, an India Today report stated.

“They have been instructed that any sick passenger with a travel history to Monkeypox-affected countries be isolated and samples sent to the BSL4 facility of the National Institute of Virology in Pune for an investigation,” the India Today report added.

Monkeypox Explained – What is Monkeypox? Where Does Monkeypox Come From?

Monkeypox is a highly infectious viral disease caused by the ‘monkeypox virus’. The nature of monkeypox is ‘zoonotic’, meaning it spreads from animals to humans and can also spread from humans to humans.

Monkeypox is usually found in Central and West Africa. It spreads from animals to humans when the latter comes in contact with an infected animal.

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What are the symptoms of Monkeypox? Is it fatal?

Symptoms of monkeypox are similar to most viral diseases. This includes, fever, headache, muscle ache, skin rash, lesions. The rashes appear in one-three days of the fever’s start. The lesions can be filled with yellowish liquid or can be dry. The rashes appear on face, hands, feet and palms.

It should be noted that in some cases, monkeypox can transform into pneumonia, eye infections (that can lead to vision loss), and skin infections. Further, 3-6% of the cases have led to the death in recent reports.


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