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After the symptoms of monkeypox were found in a student from Calcutta who returned from the European country, it is now feared that monkeypox has also been introduced in India. However, it has not yet been officially announced.
The young man, a resident of West Midnapore, is reported to have been admitted to a Calcutta hospital with “rash” and other symptoms on his body. The sample was sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. However, the investigation report has not yet arrived. The patient has remained isolated. His relatives will also be informed by the West Bengal Department of Health.
first case of monkeypox symptoms
According to the Department of Health, this is the first case in the country where a smallpox test has been sent to a suspicious person. Liquid samples taken from a smallpox-like rash have also been sent.
There is nothing to panic about: Department of Health
At the same time, the director of Health Services Siddharth Niyogi told the media that there is nothing to worry about, as the confirmation that the said young man is infected with the smallpox of the monkey can only be done after to obtain the report from the National Institute of Virology.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox infection?
According to the WHO, the incubation period (from infection to onset of symptoms) of monkeypox infection is usually 6 to 13 days, although in some people it can be up to 5 days. at 21 days. An infected person may experience severe weakness with fever, severe headache, lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph nodes), back and muscle pain. The problem of swollen lymph nodes is considered the most common symptom. Apart from this, there may be large rashes on the patient’s face and hands and feet. In some serious infections, this rash can also affect the cornea of the eye. According to health experts, the number of deaths from smallpox in the monkey can reach 11 percent. Young children with the infection have a higher risk of death.
What are the causes of monkeypox infection?
According to health experts, this infection is caused by a virus called monkeypox. This virus belongs to the group of orthopoxviruses. Other members of this group cause infections such as smallpox and smallpox in humans. According to the WHO, there are very few cases of monkeypox infection from one person to another. There is a possibility of transmission of the infection to other people due to the drops released from the sneezes and cough of the infected person, ulcers on the skin of the infected person or close contact with the infected person.