After the second case of monkeypox was reported in India yesterday, the government has said that all passengers arriving through international terminals should be screened for symptoms of monkeypox infection. Anyone who is landing in India from a different country will have to be checked for the same.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said that they had reviewed how the incoming passengers are being checked at the international airports and ports in the country. The officials have also provided the staff with proper guidelines and reiterated the need for strict health screening.
The two cases of monkeypox were recorded in Kerala. The first case of reported on July 12, and the second yesterday. Kerala’s Health Minister Veena George confirmed the second case and said that the patient landed in Mangalore, Karnataka, from Dubai on 13 July. He was admitted to a hospital after he exhibited symptoms of the viral disease. His samples tested positive for monkeypox.
Monkeypox has rarely been seen outside of Africa’s western and central regions. However, a few cases of the viral disease were identified two months back in the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Spain. This alarmed the scientists and spread panic throughout the world, which braced itself for another threat. This disease has become the next potential pandemic after Coronavirus.