ICMR expresses concern over rise in Monkeypox cases

The World Health Organization confirms the presence of over 80 cases in 11 countries

Along with the rise in Covid cases the number of monkeypox cases are also seen rising in several countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued data depicting the presence of over 80 cases of monkeypox in 11 countries across the world. The World Health Organisation is working to understand more about this new virus and create awareness among the people.
In a statement issued by WHO, the virus is endemic in some animal populations in a number of countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among local people and travellers.
"WHO and its partners are working to better understand the extent and cause of an outbreak of monkeypox. The virus is endemic in some animal populations in a number of countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among local people and travellers. The recent outbreaks reported across 11 countries so far are atypical, as they are occurring in non-endemic countries," the WHO said in a statement.
"There are about 80 confirmed cases so far, and 50 pending investigations. More cases are likely to be reported as surveillance expands," it added.
"There are about 80 confirmed cases so far, and 50 pending investigations. More cases are likely to be reported as surveillance expands," it added.
The world health organization said it continues to receive updates on the status of ongoing outbreaks in endemic countries to expand disease surveillance. "Monkeypox spreads differently from COVID-19. WHO encourages people to stay informed from reliable sources, such as national health authorities, on the extent of the outbreak in their community (if any), symptoms and prevention," the statement added.
representative image
Image: representative image
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe.
Being a viral infection, Monkeypox typically presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications. Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks.
Issuing an alert to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Central government has asked them to keep a close watch on the monkeypox situation and send samples of symptomatic travellers to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for further investigation.



Be the first to start a discussion here. Sign-in to write a comment now!