Monkeypox outbreak: Tamil Nadu asks people from THESE countries to report symptoms—All you need to know about the virus | India News
New Delhi: As the threat of the Monkeypox virus looms, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday May 29 urged people arriving from overseas, including European and African countries, to report to the local health official if they detect symptoms of the disease. Principal Secretary of the Department of Health, J Radhakrishnan, said no case of monkeypox had yet been reported in the country and stressed the need for vigilance to control the virus. “We have received the Center’s interim guidelines on monkeypox disease. These are people arriving from African countries or Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States, although they have not presented no symptoms at the airport, but developed symptoms within 21 days of arrival, they should report it to the local health official,” he told PTI.
“We were told that the disease would not be serious, but we must be careful not to prevent it. So far, no cases related to monkeypox have been reported in the country,” the official said after inspecting Tiruchirappalli District Government Hospital. .
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that initially exhibits flu-like symptoms and later leads to rashes on the body. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health defines it as follows: “Monkey pox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with a flu-like illness and swollen lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and the body Most infections last 2-4 weeks In areas of central and western Africa where monkeypox occurs, people can be exposed through bites or scratches from rodents and small mammals, especially preparing wild game or having contact with an infected animal or possibly products of animal origin.
Monkeypox symptoms to watch out for
- Headaches, muscle aches, back pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
The ICMR Warning
On May 27, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) warned that children are at higher risk of being detected with Monkeypox virus. ICMR scientist Dr Aparna Mukherjee urged people not to panic as the virus is spread through “very close contact”. She said symptoms, including body aches, rashes, high fever and large lymph nodes, need to be watched closely.
Global monkeypox outbreak
So far, more than 200 cases of Monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 non-endemic countries. Mexico reported its first confirmed case of monkeypox on Saturday (May 28), Reuters reported. A 50-year-old permanent resident of New York is the first case in Mexico detected with the zoonotic virus.
Argentina became the first country in Latin America to report a case of Monkeypox on Friday.
The outbreaks have sparked dread because the virus, which was first found in monkeys, is usually reported in West and Central Africa and rarely spreads elsewhere.
(With contributions from the agency)