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Man dies in Kerala had tested positive for monkeypox in UAE

A 22-year-old man died in Kerala days after he returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The man had tested positive for monkeypox before returning to India. The 22-year-old, a

A 22-year-old man died in Kerala days after he returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The man had tested positive for monkeypox before returning to India.

The 22-year-old, a native of Punniyoor in Thrissur died in a private hospital in Kerala on Saturday.

Reportedly, the relatives of the deceased youth gave his reports to the hospital authorities only after his death, said state Health Minister Veena George.

Although the results of the tests conducted in the UAE confirmed the presence of the monkeypox virus, the Kerala Government stated that an investigation would be carried out to determine the cause of death.

The man returned to India from the UAE on July 22 and was admitted to a private hospital five days later after he developed acute fatigue and meningitis, according to the hospital authorities.

However, he was not showing any visible symptoms of monkeypox.

Also Read: Andhra Pradesh child shows Monkeypox symptoms, result awaited

His samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology’s Alappuzha unit in Kerala and the results are yet to come.

According to Health Minister Veena George because the death from monkeypox was rare, that too of a 22-year-old youth, a detailed investigation into the case had to be done.

The health team is keeping a close watch on the situation and the health department will soon convene a meeting at Punnayur in this regard.

His funeral was held in accordance with the disease’s protocol and all his primary contacts have been placed under observation.

With three cases from Kerala and one case from Delhi, so far India has reported four confirmed cases of monkeypox.

Despite an upsurge in infections in various other countries, the federal government is now on high alert as a response.

π–π‘πšπ­ 𝐒𝐬 m𝐨𝐧𝐀𝐞𝐲𝐩𝐨𝐱?

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosisβ€”a virus that spreads from animals to human, however, it is clinically less severe than smallpox.

Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms.

Close contact with an animal or person who has the disease, as well as material that has been contaminated with the virus, can spread the monkeypox virus to humans.

The monkeypox virus has two different varieties (clades), one of which originated in Central Africa and the other in West Africa.

And the Monkeypox outbreak in 2022 is caused by the milder West African clade.

π–π‘πšπ­ 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐑𝐞 𝐬𝐒𝐠𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐀𝐞𝐲𝐩𝐨𝐱?

This virus generally has an incubation period of 6 to 13 days, although it can range from 5 to 21 days for symptoms to appear.

Early signs of the disease include symptoms similar to the flu like:

1.Fever.
2.Headache.
3.Chills.
4.Muscle aches.
5.Fatigue.
6.Swollen lymph nodes.
Rashes commonly appear a few days later. It can be painful when the rash first appears as flat, red bumps.

These bumps turn into blisters that release pus. Eventually, the blisters will dry out and peel off. Two to four weeks could be needed for the entire process.

Not every monkeypox patient experiences every symptom.
In fact, many cases in the current (2022) outbreak aren’t showing the typical pattern of symptoms.

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First Published: 1st August, 2022 8:03 IST

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