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Monkeypox: West Bengal takes precautionary measures as cases rise globally

The West Bengal government has asked hospitals in the state to set up separate facilities to accommodate patients coming from abroad with symptoms of Monkeypox.

In an advisory, the Health Department asked hospitals to keep isolation beds ready and directed them to collect samples from suspected patients and send those to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology. CDC/Brian W.J. Mahy/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo (via REUTERS)Premium
In an advisory, the Health Department asked hospitals to keep isolation beds ready and directed them to collect samples from suspected patients and send those to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology. CDC/Brian W.J. Mahy/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo (via REUTERS)

KOLKATA : As Monkeypox cases continue to rise in endemic countries of US and Europe, the Indian government has started taking precautionary measures, especially for people with a travel history to countries that have reported Monkeypox cases. 

Earlier Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) health expert had pointed out certain symptoms and advised that people with a travel history and experiencing symptoms like high fever, a lot of lymphadenopathies, large lymph nodes, body ache, rashes, should get tested as soon as possible. 

At this time, the West Bengal government has also amped up its precautionary measures to control monkeypox virus. 

It has asked hospitals in the state to set up separate facilities to accommodate patients coming from abroad with symptoms of Monkeypox. 

In an advisory, the Health Department asked hospitals to keep isolation beds ready and directed them to collect samples from suspected patients and send those to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology.

"Although monkeypox has not been reported in India, but with new cases being detected from various countries, chances of this disease occurring in India cannot be ruled out," the advisory said.

The note was sent to all district administrations, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the superintendents of all medical colleges.

Indian Council of Medical Research  director-general Samiran Panda said, "At the moment, there is no evidence of monkeypox virus in the body of anyone in India, but we must maintain caution.

"Anyone coming from a foreign country or from abroad should be kept in isolation as soon as symptoms like fever and headache are seen." 

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Published: 27 May 2022, 10:06 PM IST
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