Bengaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a technical advisory committee meeting with Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and officials to discuss the steps to be taken to curb the spread of monkeypox in the city on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that monkeypox is not like COVID, it would not spread like COVID, but people had to take precautions and have to give priority to cleanliness. He said in the entire world, 20,000 people were infected by the virus and it spread to 80 countries. In India, six cases of monkeypox were detected, of which four were from Kerala and two from Delhi. He stated that Karnataka has three suspected cases, two of which tested negative, and one suspected patient who returned from Belgium to his hometown in Uttar Kannada district, where his results are awaited.
Dr Sudhakar said that the government has identified two hospitals for the treatment of monkeypox. One was ED Hospital, and the other one was Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru.
He said steps have been taken to screen the passengers for infection at the airports and ports. The passengers suffering from the symptoms would be sent to the hospital for treatment; he said.
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