India reports its first monkeypox death


A 22-year-old UAE returnee who died in Thrissur district in a private hospital on Saturday was tested positive for monkeypox in the UAE. Sources said that he suppressed his health condition to travel to India.

Kerala health minister Veena George said on Sunday that the person was found to be infected with monkeypox while in the UAE itself and he travelled by suppressing the information. He arrived from the UAE on July 21 and was admitted to the hospital on July 27. He was suffering from acute fatigue and meningitis. His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha and his reports are awaited.

The deceased was from Kurinjiyur in Thrissur district, and it is said that his relatives handed over his report to the hospital authorities only after his death. The deceased was also suffering from other diseases, local media reported. The Kerala government has initiated a probe into this.

The department of health and family welfare has intensified its preventive measures at deceased patients’ villages and surrounding areas. Those who came in contact of the deceased were asked to go on quarantine, including the taxi driver who ferried him to his village from the airport, his relatives, doctors and health workers who treated him.

Efforts are on to inform, the travellers who travelled with him on the flight from UAE that he was infected with the viral infection and take precautionary measures and isolate themselves.

Sources said that the deceased was active after reaching home and had played football at a local playground, but he visited a local hospital complaining of fever and later he was shifted to another private hospital in Thrissur. 

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