New Delhi: Following the rapid rise in the number of monkeypox cases abroad, the federal government on Friday began monitoring all international entry points such as airports, ports and cross-border crossings.
Samples of travelers with monkeypox symptoms from Africa will be sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for further investigation.
An official quoted the news agency ANI as saying, “Samples will be sent to NIV, Pune only in cases where people show certain symptoms. Samples of all sick passengers will not be sent.”
According to ANI inputs, the central government has asked the National Center for Disease Control (NCTC) and the Medical Research Council of India (ICMR) to closely monitor the new health crisis emerging in Europe and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, more than 100 monkeypoxes have been confirmed in Europe, or the presence of this infection is suspected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened an emergency meeting to discuss the outbreak.
Germany has described it as the largest epidemic ever in Europe. In addition to the United States, Canada and Australia, monkeypox has been confirmed in at least five countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy.
The virus, first detected in monkeys, is usually transmitted through close contact. The infection has so far rarely spread outside Africa. Now that the epidemic has spread to many countries, it is becoming a matter of global concern.