India confirms first death from monkeypox in Asia

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India confirmed his first death from monkeypox on Monday, a young man in the southern state of Kerala, only the fourth known death from the disease in the current outbreak.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George said he tested positive in the United Arab Emirates before returning to India.

“We were informed that on July 19 in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) this person took a test for monkeypox and it was positive. So, at the same moment, the management of the private hospital informed the health department, and our team went there. and sadly this man died on the evening of July 30,” George said on Monday.

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India’s federal health ministry has not commented on the death, except that the government has formed a task force of senior officials to monitor cases of monkeypox in the country, where local media have reported at least five infections.

Medical workers at the Anna International Airport terminal in Chennai, India, screen passengers for symptoms of monkeypox on June 3, 2022.

Medical workers at the Anna International Airport terminal in Chennai, India, screen passengers for symptoms of monkeypox on June 3, 2022.
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World Health Organization said late last month that 78 countries had reported more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox, most in Europe.

It states that the monkeypox virus causes a disease with less severe symptoms than smallpox and is found mainly in central and western Africa. The disease is transmitted from animals to humans.

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Person-to-person transmission occurs through contact with body fluids, lesions of the skin or internal mucous membranes, such as in the mouth or throat, airborne droplets and contaminated objects.