By Shalini Bhardwaj New Delhi [India]May 20 (ANI): By sending an alert to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the central government has asked them to closely monitor the monkeypox situation, in the after a rapid outbreak of cases abroad, and send samples from symptomatic travelers to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for further investigation.
“Keep a close eye on the monkey pox situation abroad. Send samples (to NIV, Pune) only in cases where people show certain specific symptoms. No samples from sick passengers,” sources told ANI.
Monkeypox passes from infected animals to humans and the number of cases is increasing rapidly in Europe, North America. It can be caught by a bite from an infected animal, by touching its blood, bodily fluids, or fur.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the recent monkeypox outbreak. Cases have been confirmed in Europe in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy. The United States, Canada and Australia have also reported cases. (ANI)