A suspected case of monkeypox has been found in Telangana. A 40-year-old person has shown monkeypox-like symptoms. The patient had returned from Kuwait on July 6 and had developed a fever on July 20. He is admitted to Hyderabad’s Government Fever hospital.
Delhi reported its first monkeypox case on Sunday. The 34-year-old patient has no international travel history. Three cases were reported from Kerala earlier. All of them reported overseas travel history.
Monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by WHO. It is a zoonotic disease caused by monkeypox virus and transmitted through infected human or animal through contact with bodily fluids and lesion material of the patient.
The symptoms of the disease include fever, back pain, sore throat, headache, swelling of lymph nodes and muscle ache. Its incubation period is usually 6 to 13 days. Currently, there are no treatments available for monkeypox infection. However, according to the CDC, the monkeypox virus is genetically similar to the smallpox virus, and hence, the antiviral drugs and vaccines developed against smallpox could be used to prevent and treat monkeypox virus infections.