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Monkeypox virus: The Center establishes a special task group under VK Paul

Safalta Expert Published by: Aryan Rana Updated Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:19 AM IST

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The Center declared that it will form a task team to monitor cases of monkeypox in India. The team will be led by Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, and comprise Secretaries of the Union Health Ministry, Pharma, and Biotech.

The Center declared that it would form a task team to monitor cases of monkeypox in India. The team will be led by Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, and comprise Secretaries of the Union Health Ministry, Pharma, and Biotech. Dr Paul spoke in opposition, saying that although there was no cause for extreme anxiety, society and the country should continue to be vigilant.  If you are preparing for competitive exams and looking for expert guidance, you can download our General Knowledge Free Ebook Download Now.

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THE KEY POINTS

  • This action was taken after India reported its first monkeypox fatality. In Thrissur, a guy from Kerala who had tested positive for monkeypox in another country died.
  • The death from monkeypox would be the first to occur in India and the fourth outside of Africa. According to sources, the young individual travelled from the United Arab Emirates to Kerala on July 22.
  • A conference was called by the health authority in Punnayur after a young man supposedly passed away from monkeypox.
  • Meanwhile, a contact list and a pathway have been developed for the departed youth.

    Source: Safalta.com

    Contact individuals are urged to withdraw into seclusion.
  • Notably, there have been five cases of monkeypox reported in India so far, with three cases happening in Kerala, one in Delhi, and one in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
 

Situation Internationally: 


Since May, approximately 80 nations have reported more than 21,000 cases of monkeypox. There have been 75 suspected deaths in Africa, particularly in Nigeria and the Congo, where a more lethal monkeypox form is spreading than in the West. Furthermore, deaths linked to monkeypox have been documented in Spain and Brazil.

What does the WHO defines as the monkeypox virus?


The zoonotic disease known as monkeypox is brought on by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same virus family as the smallpox virus.

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Although cases have lately been reported from non-endemic nations, the WHO notes that the disease is endemic in regions like West and Central Africa.

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