No need to panic about Monkeypox:Health Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar

Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent)

 Epidemic Diseases Hospital and Wenlock identified as designated hospitals for Monkeypox.

 Strict vigil in districts bordering Kerala; thermal screening at Airports.

There is no need to panic about Monkeypox.Govt is taking all precautionary measures including thermal screening at airports and strict surveillance in districts bordering Kerala,said health minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

Speaking to media after the high level meeting chaired by CM Basavaraj Bommai on Monkeypox Dr.Sudhakar said,WHO has declared monkeypox as global monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on 22nd July.

About 20,000 cases have been reported in 80 countries across the world.Six case shave been reported in India so far including 4 in Kerala and 2 in Delhi.

No cases have been reported in Karnataka so far. There were 3 suspects out of which two in Bengaluru have turned out negative and another suspect,a Belgium National,found in Uttara Kannada district is subjected to test and his report is awaited.”

Epidemic Diseases Hospital in Bengaluru and Wenlock hospital in Mangaluru are identified as designated hospitals for isolation of monkeypox suspects.

Confirmed cases will be isolated and treated for 21 days until the rashes on skin are cured, minister said.

Fever,rashes on skin,swelling of lymph nodes are common symptoms of monkey pox and our govt has already issued circular for mandatory thermal screening at airports and other entry points.

All district administrations have been alerted and instructed to take precautionary measures and particularly strict vigil is kept on districts bordering Kerala.

Studies indicate that monkey pox is not as contagious as covid and it spreads only when a person is in prolonged contact with the infected person. However I appeal to people to maintain hygiene and follow all precautionary measures.