New Delhi: Two fresh cases of monkeypox were reported in India Tuesday, one each from Kerala and Delhi, taking the total cases to eight in the country.
A Keralite who came back from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tested positive Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to five.
The 30-year-old is undergoing treatment at the Manjeri Medical College in Malappuram, Kerala Health Minister Veena Goerge said. He flew into Kozhikode on 27 July from the UAE.
The first monkeypox casualty was a 22-year-old man in Kerala who passed away on 30 July. He too had returned from the UAE and had tested positive before coming back to India.
Health officials said the deceased came in contact with ten people in his hometown, including family and friends. Twenty people have been quarantined in the state so far, with health officials saying the situation was well under control.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which is from the same family that causes smallpox.
After meeting with Union Health Min Mansukh Mandaviya, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said, "my meeting went well like always. All preparations for the vaccine are being done; I briefed the minister on this. We are researching on the vaccine for Monkeypox & if there's a need for it." pic.twitter.com/r8L9VxuKK4
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