Monkeypox: Centre orders surveillance to keep close tabs on international entry points

According to ANI, the Centre issued an alert to the National Centre for Disease Control and the Indian Council of Medical Research on Friday to keep close tabs on the mounting cases of monkeypox, a disease that has been spreading rapidly in Europe and parts of America.

According to Reuters, the advisory was issued on the same day that the World Health Organization organised an expert meeting to address Monkeypox management after over 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe.

According to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, monkeypox is an uncommon infection distributed primarily by wild animals in portions of west and central Africa. The infection is rarely shared by human contact, according to the health organisation, but it can happen if a person touches monkeypox skin blisters or uses the clothing, bedding, or towels of persons who have the rash.

The disease normally causes a minor illness with symptoms that are similar to chickenpox, such as a high temperature, headache, backache, and rashes.

According to ANI, the Centre instructed on Friday that samples of travellers who display any symptoms be forwarded to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for inquiry and testing. All international entrance points, including borders, airports, and seaports, are to be monitored by the Center.

Despite the virus’s rarity, confirmed instances have been documented in at least twelve countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. According to Reuters, the disease has been found in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

“This is the largest and most widespread outbreak of monkeypox ever seen in Europe,” said Germany’s armed forces’ medical service, according to Reuters. Germany and France each detected their first case on Friday. Meanwhile, Spain reported 24 new cases on Friday.

On May 7, the first case of monkeypox in the UK was reported. The patient was on his way back from Nigeria.