Testing at airports, random checks in cities: Kerela releases new guidelines on monkeypox. Check out the full list here

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After the first confirmed case of monkeypox was reported in Kerala, the state government said on Saturday it had stepped up preventive measures. State Health Minister Veena George said the decision on the new measures was made after detailed discussion with the central team who had traveled to the state to assess the situation.

Preventive measures against monkey pox in Kerala:

  • The Department of Health is watching people with chickenpox or similar symptoms to make sure they don’t have monkeypox
  • Random samples would be tested to determine if someone else was infected
  • Surveillance at the airport will be intensified. “If anyone is found with symptoms, steps will be taken to isolate them and ambulances have been organized to transfer them to hospitals,” the health minister said.

Meanwhile, monkeypox prevention training is being carried out comprehensively and so far more than 1,200 health workers have been trained.

Earlier this week India’s first case of monkeypox was reported in Kerala. The person returned from the United Arab Emirates on July 12. All of his contacts have been identified and 11 of his co-passengers, family members, a motorist, a taxi driver and a dermatologist from a private hospital, where the infected person first sought treatment. , are under observation.

“The patient whose condition has been confirmed to be infected is stable. No one else has yet been diagnosed with the disease. All of his contacts are under observation. The Department of Health is in constant contact with his contacts and speaks to them twice by phone to inquire about their mental and physical health,” the minister said.

The minister also said that the meeting with the central team was very fruitful. The team that traveled to Kerala consisted of experts from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi and senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare . The team was assembled and deployed with the aim of assisting the Kerala state government in investigating the outbreak.

A special alert has been issued in five districts as people from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam were co-passengers of the infected person on the Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram Indigo flight which landed here on July 12.

(With agency contributions)

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