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Monkeypox in India: Delhi requires health facilities to notify government of all cases

The Delhi government’s Director General of Health Services (DGHS) has asked all health facilities in the nation’s capital to notify him of any suspected case of monkeypox virus. All health facilities have been requested to alert the District Surveillance Unit if a case of monkeypox is detected or suspected in the national capital.

The DGHS also said that all suspected cases of monkeypox should be referred and isolated to the dedicated ward of Lok Nayak Hospital in coordination with district surveillance officers.

Delhi had recorded a case of the monkeypox virus in a 34-year-old man on Sunday. The man with no foreign travel history tested positive for monkeypox, bringing the number of cases of the disease in India to four.

As India’s monkeypox virus count rose to four, with a man from Delhi testing positive, the Center held a high-level review meeting.

After the Delhi man tested positive for monkey pox virus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said an isolation ward for such patients had been set up at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital and that there was no need to panic.

“The first case of Monkeypox has been detected in Delhi. The patient is stable and recovering. There is no need to panic. The situation is under control. We have created a separate isolation room at the LNJP. Our best team is on the case to prevent the spread and protect Delhiites,” tweeted Arvind Kejriwal.

THE CENTER HOLDS A HIGH-LEVEL MEETING

As monkeypox cases soared to four in India, only three in Kerala, the central government held a high-level meeting, chaired by the Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS) and attended by ministry officials of Health, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and ICMR among others.

The Delhi man, who tested positive for monkeypox, had recently attended a bachelor party in Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

He was isolated at the LNJP hospital about three days ago after showing symptoms of the disease. A doctor at the hospital said the patient came in with a fever and had rashes on his body.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday declared monkeypox a global public health emergency.

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