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Centre issues fresh guidelines in the wake of Monkeypox

Centre issues fresh guidelines in the wake of Monkeypox

Monkeypox cases are rising in various countries. So, the central government issued guidelines to states and union territories (UTs). Monkeypox is closely related to smallpox.

In the wake of community transmission of the disease, the Union Health Ministry issued guidelines to manage monkeypox effectively. Though any case of monkeypox has not been recorded in the country, the ministry alerted the states and UTs.

The ministry asked the suspected people to send their samples to NIV through Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network.

Besides, it suggested states monitor the contacts of the suspects daily, for 21 days, from the onset of the symptoms. It emphasized the need to prevent and control the community transmission by rapid identification of new cases.


Over 300 monkeypox cases were reported in May in Europe. In this regard, the ministry asked states to take measures to outbreak containment of the disease.

In addition to that, it recommended the isolation of suspects and their close contacts. It suggested providing them immediate healthcare to control the transmission.

The ministry asked to protect frontline health personnel and control the disease effectively. States and UTs should identify routes of transmission and take preventive measures accordingly.

Earlier this week, the United Kindom’s health security agency (UKHSA) said that community transmission was occurring in the UK. Hence it issued fresh guidelines to prevent it.

Though the virus can cause mild flu-like symptoms, it can spread through close contacts. Affected people will also suffer from pus-filled skin blisters.

Notably, the number of monkeypox cases has been rising in the past month in the UK. In this context, the UKHSA asked the affected people to avoid contact with others and isolate themselves.

Besides, the smallpox vaccine has been recommended for close contacts of cases to prevent the disease.

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