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India’s second monkeypox case confirmed at Kannur in Kerala: Says Health Minister

Airport and Port Health Officers advised to ensure strict health screening

India’s second monkeypox case has been confirmed at Kannur in Kerala. A 31-year-old Kannur native, who arrived in Kerala from Dubai on the 13th of May, has been confirmed positive for the viral disease.

A statement by the State Health Minister Veena George said the health condition of the man, who has been admitted to the Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur, is satisfactory. Those who were in close contact with the patient have been kept under observation.

Union Health Ministry has reviewed the functioning of health screening of international travellers arriving in India at airports and ports. State, Airport and Port Health Officers were advised to ensure strict health screening of all international travellers to minimise risk of importation of monkeypox disease.They were advised and re-oriented in clinical presentation of monkeypox disease as per Health Ministry’s  ‘Guidelines for Management of Monkeypox Disease’.

They were also advised to coordinate with other stakeholder agencies like Immigration at international ports and airports to streamline health screening processes besides ensuring suitable linkages with hospital facilities earmarked to each port of entry for timely referral and isolation.

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