- Task force formed to monitor monkeypox in India
- The force will guide the government regarding the expansion in the test centers
Monkeypox: A task force has been set up to monitor monkeypox cases in the country and make decisions on what steps to take to prevent infection. Official sources gave this information on Monday. Sources told the language that this task force will guide the government in expanding the testing centers for infection detection in the country and will keep an eye on immunization related aspects to prevent the disease. A 22-year-old man, who had recently returned to Kerala from the United Arab Emirates, died on Saturday, reportedly due to monkeypox.
The person who lost his life was a resident of Punniyur in Thrissur.
The person who lost his life due to monkeypox was a resident of Punniyur in Thrissur. He died at a private hospital in Thrissur a few days after returning from the UAE. Subsequently, the Kerala Health Department sent his samples to the Kerala unit of the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Alappuzha. He had already been infected with the virus, but the family informed about it on Saturday. Health department sources said the youth had reached Kerala on July 22 and came to the hospital on July 26 after developing fever. He was later put on life support and died on Saturday evening.
More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox in 75 countries
So far, four cases of this infection have been reported in India. The decision to set up the task force was taken at a high-level meeting held on July 26 to review the ongoing public health preparedness in the country. Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog will head the task force. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared monkeypox a global public health emergency. Globally, more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been found in 75 countries.
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