A day after Kerala reported India’s first monkeypox case, the state Health department sounded an alert in all the 14 districts.
After a high-level meeting, Health Minister Veena George said all districts have been put on an alert. “Persons from five districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam have travelled with the infected person from the UAE. Hence, special alert has been issued in these districts. Health workers are in touch with these persons to get update on their health status. If required, they will be subjected to lab tests for monkeypox. Isolation units will be made ready in all districts. However, there is no ground for panic,’’ said the minister.
George said the health condition of the confirmed case, a 35-year-old male from Kollam, is stable. Eleven of his contacts have been put under the high-risk category. All the 164 passengers and 6 cabin crew of the Indigo flight from Sharjah to Thiruvananthapuram on July 12 (GE 1402 seat number 30 C) have been advised self-observation and told to be in touch with health workers if they develop any symptoms of the disease over the next 21 days. Assistance of police has also sought to track down all the passengers, she said.