Alarm bells are going off in India after a 22-year-old man died of monkeypox in Kerala, making it the country's and Asia's first such death since the outbreak started in May. Questions like how is it spreading, why did the man die, how to prevent the disease, is there enough treatment, what to do and not do etc are on everyone's minds.
Here is a look at monkeypox updates from India and around the world:
India's first monkeypox death:
The patient who died in Kerala had tested positive for Monkeypox in UAE. He arrived in India on 22nd July & was admitted to a hospital on 27th July after again testing positive for Monkeypox disease: Official sources— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2022
Centre has formed the task force to monitor #monkeypox cases in India, the team will be headed by Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog and members include Secretary of Union Health Ministry, Pharma and Biotech: Sources— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2022
Other cases in India:
In the latest, a 35-year-old Nigerian man in Delhi has tested positive for the disease. The other case from Delhi is a 31-year-old man with no travel history. He is said to be in a stable condition.
All four cases from Kerala had a travel history to the UAE. The first patient of monkeypox in India - reported in Kerala - has made a full recovery and has been discharged from the hospital. The other two patients in the state are also said to be in stable condition.
An 8-year-old boy who was suspected to have monkeypox in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh tested negative for the disease.
There are a few other suspected cases of monkeypox reported in India. One has been reported in Rajasthan.
A glimpse at the worldwide statistics for monkeypox (as of July 29, according to the US CDC):
The #monkeypox outbreak has seen more than 22,000 cases in nearly 80 countries since May. India has reported the first death in as many days from monkeypox. A 22-year-old man in Kerala's Thrissur had tested positive in the UAE. #DIU | @DipuJourno pic.twitter.com/j9wwyzMHM5— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) August 1, 2022