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Monkeypox News Updates: Patna Reports First Suspected Case; Niti Aayog’s Dr VK Paul Allays Fears, Says No Need to Panic

While India has reported four cases so far and Bihar has one suspected case under observation, Niti Aayog's Dr VK Paul said that there was no need for panic as the government had taken appropriate measures against the outbreak

By: News Desk

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Last Updated: July 26, 2022, 07:22 IST

New Delhi, India

India has reported its 4th case of monkeypox from Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Dr VK Paul, member of Niti Aayog, said that the government has taken proactive measures against the monkeypox outbreak several weeks ago and there is no need to panic.

Patna has reported its first suspected case of monkeypox. India has stepped up measures against the rising Monkeypox cases around the world. As the infections rose to 3,487 in US, Delhi and Bengaluru airports have stepped up surveillance while Maharashtra and Goa have Read More

Jul 26, 2022 20:11 IST

Contact of Delhi Monkeypox Patient Has Complained of Body Ache, Being Monitored

One of the contacts of the monkeypox-infected resident of Delhi has complained of body ache and is being monitored to check for any other symptoms, sources said on Tuesday.

Sources said there are 14 primary contacts of the patient. Four of his family members are in isolation at their west Delhi residence and have not shown any symptoms till now. One of his friends, who came in contact with him, has said he was experiencing body ache and is self-monitoring himself. He has not shown any other symptoms till now, they said. READ MORE

Jul 26, 2022 16:46 IST

Situation Under Control, No Need to Panic: Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog

Niti Aayog’s Dr VK Paul says that the monkeypox situation in India is under control.

Jul 26, 2022 16:43 IST

Bihar Holds Meeting to Discuss Monkeypox Testing, Guidelines

Jul 26, 2022 15:59 IST

Odisha Tells Districts to Keep Isolation Beds Ready to Deal with Monkeypox Cases

Despite no monkeypox cases detected in Odisha, the state government has directed all district administrations to keep dedicated beds in every medical college and hospital for management of such infection, a minister said on Tuesday. Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said the administration has been keeping a close watch on the situation and directed officials to enhance surveillance.

The authorities have also been asked to monitor those who are coming from outside, especially abroad, he said. “As per the WHO guidelines, we directed collectors and chief district medical officers to have two isolation beds in each of the medical colleges,” Das told reporters here. “We need to prepare ourselves in advance and keep beds and testing facilities ready,” he added.

Jul 26, 2022 15:56 IST

'We Believe Monkeypox Outbreak Can Be Stopped', Says WHO Official

The rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak can be stopped, an official from the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

“We do at this moment still believe that this outbreak of monkeypox can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups but time is going by and we all need to pull together to make that happen,” Rosamund Lewis, WHO Technical Lead on Monkeypox, told reporters. READ MORE

 

 

Jul 26, 2022 15:44 IST

Patna Reports First Suspected Case of Monkeypox

The patient is a woman and she is showing symptoms of the disease. Teams of virology from PMCH and WHO are on the way  to collect the samples.

Jul 26, 2022 15:13 IST

US Weighs Declaring Monkeypox a Health Emergency

The US administration is weighing whether to declare the Monkeypox outbreak in the country a public health emergency, the Washington Post reported, adding that the government is also planning to name a White House coordinator to oversee the country’s response to the outbreak. The number of Monkeypox cases in the US has increased to 3,487, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest update on Tuesday.

Jul 26, 2022 15:07 IST

48% Rise in Monkeypox Cases Globally in a Week

The number of weekly reported new cases globally has increased by 48 per cent from July 18 to July 24 (4045 cases) compared to week 2740 cases from July 11 to 17 July, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority of cases reported in the past four weeks were notified from the WHO European Region and the Region of the Americas.

Jul 26, 2022 14:54 IST

Bavarian Nordic in Talks to Expand Monkeypox Vaccine Output

Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Bavarian Nordic, the Danish company behind the Monkeypox vaccine, is in talks to potentially expand production capacity, its CEO said. The Copenhagen-based vaccine maker has a vaccine that goes by the brand name Jynneos, Imvamune or Imvanex – depending on geography. It has approval of the US and Europe approval for its use in the prevention of monkeypox, as well as the closely-related smallpox, Reuters reported.

Bavarian Nordic in Talks to Expand Monkeypox Vaccine Output
The number of monkeypox cases in the US has increased to 3,487, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest update on Tuesday. (Photo: Reuters)
Jul 26, 2022 14:44 IST

China Takes Measures to Prevent Imported Monkeypox

Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Days after the World Health Organization’s designation of the Monkeypox as a global health emergency, Chinese customs has further tightened controls over potential imported infections. According to China Daily, all inbound international travelers that arrive in China from countries affected by Monkeypox and that have come into contact with infections or have experienced symptoms such as fever, headache, swelling of lymph nodes, and rashes covering large areas, should report their condition to customs.

Jul 26, 2022 14:25 IST

Very Early Stage to Start Thinking About It: Adar Poonawala on Monkeypox Vaccine

Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawala, in an interview to NDTV, said that it is a very early stage to start thinking about Monkeypox vaccine but there is no panic. Monkeypox  “We are looking and talking to some partners and very soon… We have some options… In a month or two, we’ll see if we require the vaccine,” he said. Poonawala said that it would definitely take some time to make the vaccine.

Jul 26, 2022 14:11 IST

At least 13 People Who Came in Contact with Delhi’s Monkeypox Patient Traced, Showed No Symptoms

At least 13 people who came in contact with Monkeypox patient currently admitted in Delhi’s LNJP Hospital have been traced and have not shown any symptoms yet, Hindustan Times said citing health department officials. The monkeypox patient is fine and has no fever.

 

Jul 26, 2022 13:58 IST

Monkeypox: Fear of Stigma Affecting Public Health Response

Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Although 98 per cent of monkeypox cases, to date, are seen among gay or bisexual men, a fear of stigmatising the disease has affected the public health response, experts have argued. According to the World Health Organisation, which has declared monkeypox a global health emergency, the outbreak “is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners”. Further, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine last week, which looked at infections across 16 countries between April and June, found that 98 per cent of cases were in gay or bisexual men.

Jul 26, 2022 13:57 IST

Monkeypox May Not be Limited to Gay, Bisexual Men, Can Spread to Others: WHO

Monkeypox infections may not be limited among men who have sex with men, as seen currently, but may spread beyond the community, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has warned. Men who have sex with men are currently deemed at highest risk of infection. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine last week, which looked at infections across 16 countries between April and June, found that 98 per cent of cases were in gay or bisexual men. According to Dr. Catherine Smallwood, senior emergency officer at the WHO, there is little evidence to suggest that the disease will remain confined to gay and bisexual communities, NBC reported.

Jul 26, 2022 13:53 IST

Monkeypox Cases in US Rise to 3,487

The number of monkeypox cases in the US has increased to 3,487, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest update on Tuesday. The update reveals that New York accounts for the largest number of cases at 990, followed by California (356) and Illinois (344). The other states where the caseload is in three digits are Florida (273), Georgia (268) and Texas (220), as well as the District Of Columbia (139).

Jul 26, 2022 13:27 IST

UP Govt on Alert, Beds Reserved in Covid Hospitals

Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Following the report of suspected Monkeypox case in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government ordered the administration to reserve beds for Monkeypox in Covid-designated hospitals. The officials in all hospitals have been asked to adhere to the Centre’s guidelines, according to India Today.

Jul 26, 2022 13:18 IST

Japan Confirms 1st Monkeypox Case, Alert Issued

Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Japan has issued a level-one alert against Monkeypox as the first case was detected in the country. The Japanese government has asked its citizens overseas to take extra precautions against contracting the disease and also warned those who plan to travel abroad or remain outside Japan to be especially careful, according to public broadcaster NHK, as reported by IANS. A task force to deal with Monkeypox outbreak has been formed in Japan.

Jul 26, 2022 12:25 IST

WHO, CMO Alerted About Suspected Monkeypox Case in UP

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) have been alerted about the suspected case in the state’s Auraiya district. The WHO and the district’s health department are reportedly working together on the matter, Mint reported. . The woman, from Mohalla Jawahar Nagar of Bidhuna Tehsil, reportedly had fever for the past one week, with symptoms similar to that of Monkeypox.

Jul 26, 2022 11:24 IST

Is Monkeypox a Global Threat? Does it Spread Primarily Through Sexual Contact? Top WHO Official Answers

Days after the WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency, one of its top officials on Monday said that it has assessed the risk of the virus globally and in the South-East Asia region as ‘moderate’. “Monkeypox cases are being reported from multiple countries. The risk of monkeypox globally and in the WHO South-East Asia Region is assessed as moderate. WHO is regularly reviewing available data with its laboratory and other expert groups,” ANI quoted Dr Poonam K Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region, as saying. READ MORE

Jul 26, 2022 11:22 IST

Centre Holds High-level Review Meeting

Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Atul Goel on Sunday reviewed the monkeypox situation in the country and directed the National Centre for Disease Control to carry out a detailed epidemiological investigation of the cases. In the meeting, the need for a targeted approach towards high-risk groups such as men who have sex with men by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) was highlighted. As NACO is the nodal agency which works towards preventing the spread of HIV and control of sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive tract infections, it was asked to frame guidelines for high-risk groups of monkeypox, an official source said. It was stressed that health facilities should keep a lookout for people who complain of an unexplained rash and have travelled in the last 21 days to a country that has recently had confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox.

taken measures to curb any possible infections among any foreign travellers.

Amid the detection of Monkeypox cases in the country, Maharashtra Health Department has stepped up surveillance and urged doctors to keep a close watch on patients showing symptoms linked to monkeypox. “We have enhanced surveillance, issued guidelines for citizens and urged clinicians to refer samples of suspected cases for further tests,” Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer told Indian Express. He added that the state government was closely monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, in an advisory to states, the Centre said hospitals have also been asked to manage suspected or confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, International travellers arriving in Delhi with monkeypox symptoms such as high fever and back pain will be sent to the LNJP Hospital from the airport, sources said on Monday. The decision was taken in a review meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena on Monday, they said.

The Delhi government on Monday asked district authorities and officials concerned to adhere to the Centre’s guidelines on management of the infection, which also state that referral arrangements from airport/port to identified link hospital need to be established or strengthened.

The sources said that those travellers having symptoms like high fever, back pain and joint pain at the IGI Airport will be sent to the isolation ward at LNJP Hospital, which has a special 20-member team to deal with such patients.

The samples of suspected patients will be sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, while the district administration will quarantine the family members and carry out contact tracing of such suspected patients, they said.

Reviewed the monkeypox situation in Delhi along with CS, Secy Health, DGHS & others concerned. Was apprised of preparedness in terms of medical services, hospital infrastructure, tracing, testing, surveillance & clinical management.

Advised officials to ensure all preventive measures. I appeal to the people to not panic and follow all prescribed prevention and treatment protocols,” Saxena said in a series of tweets. In the first reported case of monkeypox in Delhi, a 34-year-old person from west Delhi was found infected. He is currently in LNJP Hospital and will take at least a week to fully recover.

The airport health teams currently screen patients with suspected Covid-19 symptoms and some symptoms of the two infections are similar, the sources said, adding that no decision has been taken yet on increasing surveillance at the airport.

French Health Minister Francois Braun said on Monday that about 1700 people had been infected with monkey pox in France recently.

“Today, about 1700 people have been contaminated with monkey pox in France. The profile (of the patients) is that they are mainly men who have had sexual relations with other men, but one can also be infected by contact with a patient’s blisters,” Braun said in an interview with BFM TV.

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