A.2 strain of Monkeypox found in 2 cases in India. The first two patients were infected with the strain: ICMR & NIV analysis. Both patients had returned from the UAE. A.2 strain is different from the one behind the Europe outbreak.
A.2 strain was detected in the US in 2021. The infection in case of this strain starts with febrile illness, says the study. The incubation period is 5 to 13 days. The symptoms experienced by the infected include lymphadenopathy, headache, myalgia, vesicular/pustular rashes.
The Union Health Ministry of India shared a list of do’s and don’ts about the disease a few days ago.
According to the ministry, following are the do’s:
-Isolate infected patients from others
-Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitisers
-When near infected individuals, wear masks and disposable gloves
-Use disinfectants for environmental sanitation
Following is the list of dont’s:
-Don’t share linen, bedding or towels with people who have contracted monkeypox
-Don’t wash soiled linen or laundry of infected persons with those of non-infected individuals
-Don’t attend public events if you exhibit symptoms of monkeypox
-Don’t stigmatize groups of people based on misinformation
The US declared Monkeypox a public health emergency last week after cases crossed 6,600 in the country. WHO has already declared Monkeypox a global health emergency on July 23.