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India confirmed its first monkeypox death in a young man in southern Kerala on Monday.
Kerala Health Minister Vina George said she had tested positive in the United Arab Emirates before returning to India.
“We were informed that the person was tested for monkeypox in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) on July 19th and was found to be positive. He died last night,” George said on Monday.
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India’s federal health ministry said the government had formed a high-level task force to monitor monkeypox cases in the country, where local media reported at least five infections. Didn’t comment on death.
The World Health Organization announced late last month that 78 countries had reported more than 18,000 monkeypox cases, most of them in Europe.
Monkeypox virus, which causes a milder disease than smallpox, is said to occur mainly in Central and West Africa. This disease is transmitted from animals to humans.
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Human-to-human transmission occurs through body fluids, skin lesions or lesions on internal mucosal surfaces such as the mouth and throat, respiratory droplets, and contact with contaminated objects.