Monkeypox

Monkeypox:

Union Government set up a task force to monitor Monkeypox situation in country. It was created after reporting first death related to monkeypox.

  • The Task force will provide guidance to government with respect to expansion of diagnostic facilities and exploration of vaccination for the disease in India.
  • Task force will be headed by Dr VK Paul, member (Health) of the NITI Aayog.
  • Other members include Secretary of Union Health Ministry and member of Pharma and Biotech.
  • So far, four cases of Monkeypox have been report in India, of which three cases reported in Kerala and one in Delhi.
  • A youth in Kerala with monkeypox-like symptoms lost his life.
  • Following this, a high-level inquiry was initiated by Health Minister Veena George.
  • The youth was found to be positive, during a test conducted outside India.

Monkeypox Cases worldwide:

  • As per World Health Organization (WHO), over 18,000 cases of Monkeypox have been reported across 78 countries.
  • WHO notes that, outbreak of monkeypox can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals keep informing themselves, take the issue seriously and take measures to stop transmission, in a bid to protect vulnerable groups

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