Monkeypox infections in India reach 9, just two days after first reported infection

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India has seen an increase monkeypox cases as the tally hit nine on Wednesday after a 31-year-old woman tested positive for the virus in New Delhi.

Monkeypox causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions. About 60 countries in which monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the disease, with confirmed cases crossing 10,000

While the southern Indian state of Kerala has reported five cases, the Indian capital has four positive patients, according to media reports.

The country confirmed its first death from monkeypox on Monday August 1, a young man in the southern state of Kerala, in what is only the fourth known death from the disease in the current outbreak.

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“We received 12 samples (of monkeypox) from different states. We received samples from Delhi, Haryana, Himachal (Pradesh), Bihar and neighboring areas of UP (Uttar Pradesh). Out of these 12, two tested positive and they are both from Delhi,” said Professor, Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Lalit Dar

A security guard stands outside a monkeypox quarantine ward at a government hospital in Hyderabad on July 25, 2022.

A security guard stands outside a monkeypox quarantine ward at a government hospital in Hyderabad on July 25, 2022.
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The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency on July 23.

It indicates that the monkeypox virus causes a disease with less severe symptoms than smallpox and occurs mainly in central and western Africa. The disease is transmitted from animals to humans.

Human-to-human transmission occurs through contact with bodily fluids, lesions on the skin or internal mucous surfaces, such as in the mouth or throat, respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects.

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The disease is spreading at a time when India is also seeing a surge in coronavirus cases with 19,893 new cases and 53 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.