A Kerala man who was infected by monkeypox for the first time in India has recovered amid rising worries about the infection. The 35-year-old was receiving care at Thiruvananthapuram’s Government Medical College. The guy would be released later in the day, Kerala’s health minister Veena George said on Saturday.
George said that as it was the first instance of monkeypox in the nation, tests were performed twice on him with a 72-hour gap between each as directed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV). The test results of his family members, who were on his principal contact list, were similarly negative, the Kerala Health Minister revealed.
The minister noted that two further people whose health had also tested positive for the illness are currently in good condition and that preventative and monitoring efforts will continue with the same vigour. The resident of Kollam, who had recently returned from overseas and was taken to the hospital after exhibiting monkeypox symptoms, tested positive for the illness on July 14.
Notably, up until this point, India has recorded four instances of monkeypox, with three cases coming from Kerala and one from New Delhi. The federal government is now on high alert as a result, despite an increase in the number of illnesses in several other nations.
There is no need for alarm, according to Dr VK Paul of NITI Aayog, who represents the health sector. This is because the government has made considerable steps to control the illness. While clinically less severe than smallpox, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus that spreads from animals to people). It has symptoms that are comparable to those of smallpox.
More than 18,000 cases have been recorded from 78 countries, including five documented deaths to yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).