Government of Karnataka issues guidelines for monkeypox surveillance, preparedness

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The BBMP will deploy health control teams to stations, bus stops and the airport

The BBMP will deploy health control teams to stations, bus stops and the airport

The Department of Health has issued guidelines to all district administrations, including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to intensify surveillance and improve preparedness for monkeypox cases. Steps include notification of cases, establishment of designated institutional isolation facilities at the district level (for confirmed and suspected cases), and mandatory contact tracing of suspects.

The circular indicates that while it is mandatory to report each case detected, it will be followed by a detailed investigation by the Rapid Response Team (RRT) and collection of samples and reports on the portal of the integrated health information platform (IHIP). Additionally, found contacts will be monitored daily for 21 days for signs and symptoms and, once found, they will be tested for the disease. Testing of all samples will be carried out at BMCRI in Bengaluru. Until the test results are available, the suspected patient will remain in the designated isolation facility with regular monitoring.

The guidelines come amid recent developments, including a suspected case of the disease in the city. An Ethiopian citizen who had developed monkeypox-like symptoms had been tested and results that came in on Sunday revealed he had only developed chicken pox.

The BBMP will set up teams at entry points

In accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, the BBMP will deploy health control teams at train stations, bus stops and the airport. He further said that people with confirmed cases of monkeypox should be isolated for 21 days or until all scabs fall off and the lesions disappear.

Zonal health officers have also been tasked with making the necessary arrangements for testing and specimen transport and the availability of human resources for effective surveillance. While reorienting staff working in primary health centers and hospitals on the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, officers will also educate the public on preventive measures to take.

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