Amid the rising number of monkeypox cases globally, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued guidelines for hospitals to be referred. All hospitals and citizens have been asked to report immediately if they find a patient with symptoms of monkeypox.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis that is transmitted from animals to humans and resembles smallpox but is less serious. Transmission of this virus can be human-to-human, which can lead to skin lesions. Early symptoms of the same disease include fever, body aches, and feeling tired. So far, no cases have been reported in Navi Mumbai.
A senior health official informed that they have already shared guidelines with all hospitals and health centers. People who have recently traveled from abroad have been asked to be on the lookout for symptoms.
“Initial monitoring is done at the airport itself, but if any of the symptoms develop later in these travelers, they should contact NMMC officials as soon as possible. We will then collect their samples and send them to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) laboratory in Pune,” the official added.
In the event that someone tests positive, the person will be isolated and receive treatment according to protocol.
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