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Is Monkeypox the next pandemic? India issues new guidelines

by Shatakshi Gupta

The central government has established the required regulations in light of the rising number of monkeypox cases in the nation. These consist of a triple layer mask, 21 days of isolation, and the covering of wounds. In addition, the government has released a tender for the production of monkeypox diagnostic kits and vaccines. Vaccine businesses have until August 10 to apply.

According to WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, this virus primarily affects person  who has in contact with other infected person. Men should restrict the number of sexual partners they have in order to prevent Monkeypox.

WHO proclaims a public health emergency

Due of Monkeypox, WHO has declared a global health emergency. According to the WHO, the patient’s food or skin-to-skin contact can also spread this illness. In addition, monkeypox can be transmitted by coming into contact with an infected person’s mattress, utensils, or clothing.

Cases in India

Monkeypox has been reported in the nation four times thus far. Three of these cases have been located in Kerala, and one in Delhi. Four suspicious cases have so far already surfaced. The National Institute of Virology, Pune, has received all of the samples. The report has not yet, though.

Health ministry guideline:

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  • A patient who has monkeypox must stay in isolation for 21 days.
  • Continue washing your hands and using a face mask. There should be three layers on the mask.
  • Keep any cuts and scrapes covered. He must remain in the hospital until he is fully recovered.
  • Health professionals who come into contact with an infected patient who has been admitted to the hospital or any contaminated items belonging to a suspected patient are not to be excused from duty unless they exhibit symptoms. However, it is crucial to follow these healthcare professionals for 21 days.
  • Contacting a monkeypox patient, establishing physical contact with him, or getting into contact with infected objects such contaminated clothing, bedding, etc. can all result in the spread of the infection.  It is very important to avoid this.

Government’s Plan of Action

The federal government has begun making plans to combat monkeypox. The Center has requested that vaccine manufacturers first create monkeypox testing kits so that the disease can be swiftly and precisely identified. Additionally, a vaccination must be created in order to combat the illness. On this as well, work needs to be done. The ICMR has also requested business bids for this.

Monkeypox in world

20,780 confirmed cases of the disease have been reported in 84 countries, including India, according to data from monkeypoxmeter.com. Of them, approximately 14,000 persons in Europe have monkeypox. The top 10 nations impacted by the disease at the same time include Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, Britain, Spain, and the United States. Five people have died from monkeypox this year.