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Suspected monkeypox case in Kerala, samples of traveller from UAE sent for testing

BY ANI, Jul 14, 2022 2:06 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A suspected case of monkeypox, the first in India, has been reported from Kerala, the state health minister said on Thursday.

A traveller who arrived in Kerala three days ago from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was hospitalised after he displayed symptoms of monkeypox.

Samples from the traveller have been sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology in Pune, health minister Veena George said today adding that the case can be confirmed only after the results of the test are obtained.

Human monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a 9-month-old boy in a region where smallpox had been eliminated in 1968. In 2003, the first monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa was in the United States of America and was linked to contact with infected pet prairie dogs.

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