On Sunday, a 34-year-old man from Delhi with no history of foreign travel tested positive for the monkeypox virus. The West Delhi resident was admitted to the Maulana Azad Medical College Hospital about 3 days ago after he showed symptoms of monkeypox. He is currently going under treatment at LNJP Hospital.
According to the health officials, the patient had attended a party in Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that the disease was detected in the national capital but there is no need to panic.
Before this, three cases of monkeypox were detected in Kerala. The first case surfaced on July 14, in a Kollam native, who had arrived at Thiruvananthapuram international airport from the UAE. The second case was detected at Kannur four days later on July 18, again in a passenger from the UAE.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) declared the global monkeypox outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ (PHEIC) which is a step lower than a pandemic.
A PHEIC, according to the WHO, constitutes “…an extraordinary event, which constitutes a public health risk to other States through the international spread, and which potentially requires a coordinated international response..”
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