The center on Monday asked ports and airports to ensure strict health checks for all international travelers to curb the spread of monkeypox on the day India reported its second case in Kerala state. Monkeypox in India : Center Requests Strict Passenger Screening Following 2 Cases of
The meeting was attended by airport and port health officials and regional directors of the Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare, the government said in a statement.
“They were advised to ensure strict health screening of all arriving international travellers to minimise the risk of importation of monkeypox cases into the country. They were informed and relocated of monkeypox disease according to MoHFW’s “Monkeypox Management Guidelines” clinical manifestations of the disease’,” it said.
They are also advised to coordinate with other stakeholder agencies such as immigration at international ports and airports to streamline the health screening process.
Earlier today, a 31-year-old man from Kerala tested positive for monkeypox. The state health department confirmed that he is being treated at Pariaram Medical College in Kannur and is in stable condition.
Last week, a man who returned to Kerala from the UAE tested positive for monkeypox.
The World Health Organization, or WHO, said on Thursday it would reconvene an expert committee on monkeypox on July 21 to decide whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency.
According to the World Health Organization, based on available statistics, almost all affected patients so far have been male, with a median age of 37, and three-fifths of them identify as men who have sex with men.
Symptoms of monkeypox include high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a chickenpox-like rash.
It was first discovered in monkeys in 1958, hence the name. Rodents are now considered the main source of transmission. It spreads through close contact, both from animals and, less commonly, between humans.