Monkeypox: Second positive case reported in Kerala

A 31-year-old man who arrived in Kerala last week from Dubai has tested positive for monkeypox, state Health minister Veena George said.

ByK A Shaji

Published Jul 18, 2022 | 4:47 PM Updated Jul 28, 2022 | 10:57 AM

Monkeypox virus

Kerala Health Minister Veena George, on Monday, 18 July, confirmed that there has been a second positive case of Monkeypox reported from the state.

According to the minister, a 31-year-old man arrived from Dubai on 13 July and was admitted to the government hospital in Pariyaram Medical College on the next day.

It is to be noted that this is the second case of monkeypox in the country.

The patient is a native of Kannur and has been getting treated in the isolation ward.

The minister said that the patient’s health condition is stable and assured that all those who were in close contact with the patient are being closely monitored.

Meanwhile, official sources said special monitoring was being conducted in the Dakshina Kannada (DK) district of Karnataka in view of the confirmation of the second case.

As a precautionary measure, authorities have set up a ward with 10 beds in the Wenlock hospital in the district for monkeypox patients.

District surveillance officer Dr Jagadish told PTI that no cases of monkeypox had been reported in the district so far, and that the chances of it spreading as fast as Covid-19 were very less.

(With agency inputs)