Earlier today, an African woman tested positive for the virus, taking the number of monkeypox cases in Delhi to five. The 22-year-old woman, with a travel history to Nigeria, has been admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital, where she is currently under observation. Interestingly, the woman had travelled to Nigeria a month ago.
While Kerala reported the first case of monkeypox in India on 14 July, Delhi reported its first case on 24 July this year, which was a day after the disease was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). After the fifth case in the national capital, India has reported 10 monkeypox cases so far.
Guidelines to restrict the virus’s spread in the nation have been issued by the Centre, and international passengers have been advised to avoid close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others.
What is monkeypox?
The disease is caused by the monkeypox virus, which is a member of the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. The disease, which is transmitted to humans from animals (zoonosis) is less sever clinically, and is mostly found in Africa.