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Monkeypox infections in India reach 9, just two days after first reported infection

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In India, monkeypox cases rose as the tally reached nine on Wednesday after a 31-year-old woman in New Delhi tested positive for the virus.

Monkeypox causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions.About 60 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the disease, with over 10,000 confirmed cases

Five cases have been reported in the southern Indian state of Kerala, while media reports say there are four positive cases in the Indian capital.

The country confirmed its first death from monkeypox on Monday (August 1), a young man in southern Kerala.

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“We have received 12 samples (of monkeypox) from different states. We have received samples from neighboring areas of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal (Pradesh), Bihar and UP (Uttar Pradesh). 2 out of 12 have tested positive and both are from Delhi,” said Dr. Lalit Dar, Professor of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

A security guard stands outside the monkeypox quarantine ward of a government hospital in Hyderabad on July 25, 2022.
(Noah Seeram/AFP via Getty Images)

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency on 23 July.

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.

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.

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The disease is spreading at a time when coronavirus cases are also on the rise in India, where 19,893 new cases and 53 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

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