Maharashtra health department issues guidelines on monkeypox

Maharashtra’s health department has stepped up surveillance and urged medical professionals to closely monitor people with symptoms resembling monkeypox. “We have stepped up surveillance, issued guidelines for citizens and urged clinicians to refer samples from suspected cases for further testing,” said Dr Pradeep Awate, Maharashtra’s surveillance officer.

As per the Centre’s advice to the states, hospitals will also be identified to handle suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox, Maharashtra health officials have said.

“So far, there are no cases in Maharashtra. There is no reason to panic and guidelines have been issued, so that citizens can understand what monkeypox is,” said the Dr. Awate.

Monkeypox is primarily transmitted between humans through direct physical contact (bodily fluids, sexual contact, or lesion material), indirectly via contaminated clothing or linens of the affected person, and large respiratory droplets following prolonged close contact, as per the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra health department. .

People with significant comorbidities and immunocompromised people are part of the high-risk population that could be affected by monkeypox. While common symptoms include fever, rash, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, cough and headache, monkeypox can lead to complications such as blurred vision, shortness of breath and impaired consciousness, health experts said.

So far, more than 17,000 cases have been reported in 75 countries. India has reported its fourth case in New Delhi.

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