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One more suspected patient of monkeypox was admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) hospital Delhi on Tuesday evening.
The patient has lesions on the skin and a high fever similar to the symptoms for this virus. Sample reports are awaited.
Till now, India has reported four confirmed cases of monkeypox virus, with one from Delhi and three from Kerala.
The first case of monkeypox in Delhi was reported three days ago (July 24) in a patient with no history of foreign travel. The patient was also admitted to the city’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital.
The 34-year-old patient had recently attended a stag party in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali. He was admitted to the hospital with a fever and skin lesions.
In the wake of the first case of monkeypox being reported in the national capital, the Delhi government has made Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital the nodal centre for management of the rare viral infection and has started training doctors there.
With the increase in monekypox cases, several state governments have taken cognizance of the matter and has taken preventive measures.
According to sources in the health ministry, surveillance will be increased for people coming in from countries where monkeypox has become prevalent.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered the administration to reserve beds for monkeypox in Covid-designated hospitals across the state. Although no monkeypox case has been reported in the state so far.
The WHO declared monkeypox a global public health emergency of international concern on July 23.
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