The state's medical and health department has been alerted after the first case of monkey pox virus was reported in Kerala

The state's medical and health department has been alerted after the first case of monkey pox virus was reported in Kerala. Monkeypox has already spread to 50 countries, according to the World Health Organization. 

From January 1 to June 22, 3,413 cases were diagnosed. One person died due to this disease. It is a virus related disease spread from animals. Director of Public Health (DH) Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao issued orders to take necessary measures to prevent the spread of this disease. 

How to effectively deal with monkeypox? From what patients should samples be collected? How to identify them? How to prevent early spread of disease? DH conducted a review with the senior officials of the health department on other issues. 

On this occasion, the guidelines released by the central government were sent to all district medical officers and superintendents of government hospitals.

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How to identify monkeypox virus?

A rash on the body is the main symptom of monkeypox. In addition to this, samples should be collected from those who have symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, swelling of lymph nodes in armpits and groin, lethargy, chills, sweating, sore throat, cough etc. 

While 15 laboratories across the country have been allowed to test monkeypox suspected samples, the central government has officially recognized the laboratory in Gandhi Hospital of Telangana state. It has been ordered to collect samples not only from those coming from abroad but also from the local residents if they show symptoms. But they want to know the travel history of the suspects.

How does monkeypox spread to humans?

Monkeypox is spread from person to person by close contact with an infected person. That is, by inhaling the droplets released when coughing, sneezing, touching, kissing, shaking hands, sweat, tears, other bodily secretions, sexual intercourse, using towels, clothing and other items used by the victim. 

Those diagnosed with the disease should be kept in a separate room and should not be in close contact. 

Treatment is given according to the symptoms. Any doubts on Monkeypox can be sent via WhatsApp to 90302 27324. If you want to call directly, you should call 040 24651119, Director of Public Health suggested.

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