Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, has ordered screening at airports, bus stops and railway stations amid a rise in Monkeypox cases in India.
Guidelines issued by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said at least 21 days of isolation will be mandatory for confirmed cases.
Area health officials have been instructed to ensure that screening teams are deployed at airports, bus stops and train stations in their respective jurisdictions.
“All suspected cases in the community should be screened and tested through both hospital surveillance and targeted surveillance,” the guidelines state.
“Intensive risk communication should be undertaken for healthcare workers in healthcare settings and in commonly identified sites such as skin and pediatrics, DPOs, vaccination clinics and intervention sites identified by NACO , etc.”, add the guidelines.
Last month, an Ethiopian citizen, who had shown symptoms of Monkeypox at Bengaluru airport, turned out to be a confirmed case of chicken pox instead.
“A middle-aged Ethiopian citizen who had come to Bengaluru earlier this month was tested for Monkeypox after being suspected of having Monkeypox symptoms. His report has now confirmed that he is a case of chickenpox,” Karnataka’s Health Minister K Sudhakar said. in his tweet.
A middle-aged Ethiopian citizen who had come to Bengaluru earlier this month was tested for Monkeypox after being suspected of having Monkeypox symptoms. His report has now confirmed it was a case of chickenpox.
— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) July 31, 2022
According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis – a virus transmitted to humans from animals – with symptoms similar to smallpox although clinically less severe.
Monkeypox usually manifests with fever, rashes, and swollen lymph nodes and can lead to various medical complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks.
With new confirmed and suspected cases reported, the Center on Monday formed a task force to monitor the situation and decide on response initiatives.