Delhi reports India’s first monkeypox case in a woman, city’s tally rises to 4

- August 4, 2022
| By : Patriot Bureau |

On Wednesday, a Nigerian woman in her 30s, living in Delhi for over a month, tested positive for monkeypox, taking the capital’s tally to four. This is the country’s ninth case and the first case in a woman, with most cases being found in young men till date

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Monkeypox cases have been disproportionately reported among men worldwide. “We’re seeing cases that are largely focused on men… There have been some cases reported in women and children, but these have been very limited”, said Andy Seale, an advisor on sexually transmitted infections at World Health Organization, in a video from the organization.

Like other men who tested positive for the infection in the capital, the woman had no history of international travel in the last 21 days. However, all five cases reported from Kerala so far have a history of travel from the UAE.

This is the third Nigerian national to test positive for the infection in Delhi, with another suspected to have the infection admitted to Delhi’s nodal Lok Nayak Hospital.

As of now, there is no known history of contact between the four Nigerians. All four persons have been living in different areas in the capital, ranging from a month to a year. The three confirmed and the fourth suspected case apparently show similar symptoms. All four persons have fever, rashes, ulcers in the mouth and thighs, as stated by a doctor from Lok Nayak Hospital, which is currently the only hospital designated for isolating confirmed and suspected cases of the infection.

Delhi’s first case of the infection was discharged on Tuesday after testing negative on two subsequent tests one day apart and healing from all lesions. Another person from Ghaziabad suspected to have the infection was discharged from the hospital last week after he tested negative for monkeypox and was diagnosed with chickenpox.

With four cases of monkeypox reported in Delhi, surveillance teams and doctors have reported an increase in people checking in about their lesions. “We are getting calls from healthcare facilities about people with lesions, in almost 90% of the cases it is chickenpox”, said a surveillance officer in a report by the Indian Express.

Isolation rooms have also been made available in two other Delhi government hospitals and three private hospitals.


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