After two cases of monkeypox were reported in the country, the central government has come into alert mode. The Central Government has issued instructions saying that all passengers coming from abroad at airports and seaports should be thoroughly screened and monitored closely. For this, the Center has also instructed the state governments to keep a close watch on the health check-up of passengers at the airport.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that the health authorities of states, airports and ports have been advised to ensure health screening of all international travelers to reduce the risk of monkeypox disease. According to the 'Guidelines for the Management of Monkeypox Disease' by the Union Health Ministry, the clinical management and treatment of monkeypox disease has been advised.
Also, it was advised to coordinate with other agencies like immigration at international ports and airports, besides ensuring that there are designated hospital facilities for port and airport for timely referral and isolation if someone is found infected.
Monkeypox is a virus spread from animals to humans. It was first found in a monkey in 1958, after which it spread to 10 African countries in 1970. Symptoms are similar to smallpox. There are two strains of this virus – first Congo strain and second West African strain. In
this disease, the fever first starts, after which the skin rashes may start. Symptoms of monkeypox include body aches, fatigue and rash all over the body.