To combat the monkeypox outbreak, review the Union Government's advice

To combat the monkeypox outbreak, review the Union Governments advice

The Union Health Ministry , on Wednesday, announced measures to stop the spread of the disease in response to the country's increasing monkeypox cases.

In a formal notification, the Ministry stated that there had been no cases till May 31, 2022. India must, nevertheless, prepare in taking into account the rising reports of instances in non-endemic nation Although less severe clinically than smallpox, monkeypox (MPX) is a viral zoonotic disease with symptoms resembling the latter.

The term "Monkeypox" originated from MPX, which was originally identified in 1958 in colonies of monkeys held for research.The Democratic Republic of the Congo announced the first human case of monkeypox.1970: Congo (DRC). Most cases of the monkeypox virus are seen in Central and West Africa.

The first outbreak of monkeypox outside of Africa was noted in the United States in 2003.of America, which was connected to interaction with pet prairie dogs that were afflicted. These animals hadbeing kept with imported dormice and pouched rats from the Gambia.nation from Ghana.

Typically, monkeypox is a self-limiting illness with symptoms that last between two and four weeks.

Children are more likely to experience severe cases, which are connected to the level of viral exposure, the patient's condition, and the type of problems.

Human-to-human transmission : It is well recognised that human-to-human transmission primarily happens through sizable respiratory droplets, which often need extended close contact. It can also spread through indirect contact with lesion material as well as direct contact with body fluids or lesion material.

example as through sharing an infected person's contaminated clothing or linens.

Animal-to-human transmission :Animals like tiny mammals like rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, apes) that are sick can bite or scratch humans, or it can spread through the cooking of bush meat.

A person of any age who has been recently to affected countries and has an unexplained acute rash as well as one or more of the following signs or सिम्पटम्स

Swollen lymph nodes



Body aches

profound weakness

Common symptoms and signs

Prodrome (0-5 days)

a. Fever

b. Lymphadenopathy

Typically occurs with fever onset

Periauricular, axillary, cervical or inguinal

Unilateral or bilateral

c. Headache, muscle aches, exhaustion

d. Chills and/or sweats

e. Sore throat and cough

Skin involvement (rash)

a. Usually begins within 1-3 days of fever onset, lasting for around 2-4 वीक्स

b. Deep-seated, well-circumscribed and often develop umbilication

c. Lesions are often described as painful until the healing phase when they become itchy

(in the crust stage)

The Ministry further laid down guidelines for proper monitoring of those who came in

contact with the infected person.

a) Contacts should be monitored at least daily for the onset of signs/symptoms for a

period of 21 days (as per case definition above) from the last contact with a patient or

their contaminated materials during the infectious period. In case of occurrence of fever

clinical/lab evaluation is warranted.

b) Asymptomatic contacts should not donate blood, cells, tissue, organs or semen while

they are under surveillance.

c) Pre-school children may be excluded from day care, nursery, or other group settings.

d) Health workers who have unprotected exposures to patients with monkeypox or

possibly contaminated materials do not need to be excluded from work duty if

asymptomatic, but should undergo active surveillance for symptoms for 21 days.

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