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Man with no history of foreign travel tests positive for monkeypox in Delhi

New Delhi :

The first case of monkeypox virus has been detected in Delhi. The patient, who has been admitted to the city’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, has no history of foreign travel.

This is the fourth confirmed case of monkeypox virus being reported in India.

The 34-year-old man had recently attended a stag party in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali. He was admitted to hospital around three days ago with fever and skin lesions.

His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune on Saturday, which came out positive.

Dr. Kumar added, “Actually, this virus is different from Corona. Monkey pox is a DNA virus. If a person suffering from monkeypox has weak immunity, then the risk is high.”

The close contacts of the patients have been identified and are under quarantine. Further public health interventions like identification of the source of infection, enhanced contact tracing, testing sensitisation of private practitioners, etc., are being carried out.

 

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