Amid the detection of monkeypox cases in the country, the Maharashtra health department has stepped up surveillance and urged doctors to closely monitor patients with monkeypox-related symptoms. “We have stepped up surveillance, issued guidelines for citizens and urged clinicians to refer samples from suspected cases for further testing,” Dr. Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer told Indian Express. He added that the state government was closely monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, in an advisory to states, the Center said hospitals have also been asked to handle suspected or confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, international travelers arriving in Delhi with monkeypox symptoms such as high fever and back pain will be referred to LNJP Hospital from the airport, sources said on Monday. The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Monday, they said.
The Delhi government on Monday instructed district authorities and relevant officials to abide by the Center’s guidelines on infection management, which also state that referral arrangements from airport/port to hospital linkages identified need to be established or strengthened.
The sources said that travelers with symptoms such as high fever, back pain and joint pain at IGI airport will be sent to the isolation ward of LNJP hospital, which has a special team. of 20 members to care for these patients.
Samples from suspected patients will be sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune, while the district administration will quarantine family members and carry out contact tracing of these suspected patients, they said.
Reviewed monkeypox situation in Delhi with CS, Secy Health, DGHS and others concerned. Was briefed on the state of preparedness in terms of medical services, hospital infrastructure, research, testing, surveillance and clinical management.
Advised officials to ensure all preventive measures. I call on people not to panic and follow all prescribed prevention and treatment protocols,” Saxena said in a series of tweets. In the first reported case of monkeypox in Delhi, a 34-year-old man from West Delhi was found infected. He is currently in the LNJP hospital and will take at least a week to fully recover.
Airport health teams are currently examining patients with suspected symptoms of Covid-19 and some symptoms of both infections are similar, the sources said, adding that no decision has yet been made on whether to increase surveillance at the airport.
French Health Minister Francois Braun said on Monday that around 1,700 people had recently been infected with monkeypox in France.
“Today, around 1,700 people have been infected with monkeypox in France. The profile (of patients) is that they are mostly men who have had sex with other men, but one can also become infected through contact with a patient’s blisters,” Braun said in an interview with BFM TV.
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