On Monday, India announced its first monkeypox death, a young man in the southern state of Kerala, the disease’s fourth documented fatality in the current epidemic.
Spain reported two monkeypox-related fatalities last week, while Brazil reported its first. The death in India is also Asia’s first. On July 23, the World Health Organization designated the epidemic a worldwide health emergency.
Kerala’s revenue minister told reporters that the 22-year-old Indian man died on Saturday, and that the authorities has quarantined 21 persons who had come into touch with him.
“The person reached Kerala on July 21 but visited a hospital only on July 26 when he displayed fatigue and fever,” Minister K. Rajan said, adding that there was no need to worry since none of the key contacts were exhibiting symptoms.
Veena George, Kerala’s health minister, told reporters on Sunday that the man’s family had informed authorities the day before that he had tested positive in the United Arab Emirates before returning to India.
The federal health ministry of India made no comment on the fatality, other than to state that the government has constituted a task group of top officials to monitor monkeypox cases in the nation, where at least five illnesses had been reported by local media.
The WHO announced late last month that 78 countries had recorded over 18,000 cases of monkeypox, with the bulk occurring in Europe.
According to the report, the monkeypox virus produces a sickness with less severe symptoms than smallpox and is mostly found in central and western Africa. The illness spreads from animals to people.
Contact with body fluids, lesions on the skin or on internal mucosal surfaces, such as in the mouth or throat, respiratory droplets, and contaminated items all contribute to human-to-human transmission.