MonkeyPix Live Update May 22: The world is in the third year of an epidemic and the World Health Organization has already predicted another virus outbreak. Various health experts have warned against growing cases of monkeypox in Europe and elsewhere, a type of viral infection that is currently more common in West and Central Africa. According to the WHO, as of May 21, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported from 12 member states that are not localized to the monkeypox virus. These countries are Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The WHO says it expects more cases of monkeypox as surveillance expands to non-native countries.
MonkeyPix differs from COVID-19. Not a single case of monkeypox has been reported in India so far but the gradual growth and spread of the virus across the country has caused fear among the public. The WHO is working with affected countries and trying to expand disease surveillance to find and assist people who may be affected and to provide guidance on how to manage the disease.
The Indian government has asked the National Center for Disease Control and ICMR to keep a close eye on possible monkeypox outbreaks. The ministry has reportedly asked the authorities to isolate the sick passengers from the affected countries and send their samples to NIV Pune for investigation. For those who do not know, WHO states that monkeypox usually presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and can lead to a variety of medical complications.
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