Monkeypox: Delhi reports its first case, WHO warns of a global health emergency

Monkeypox: Delhi reports first case, WHO warns of a global health emergency
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Delhi on Sunday reported its first monkeypox case. This makes the fourth case of the monkeypox virus in India.

The previous three cases were reported from Kerala after a 31-year-old man with no foreign travel history was diagnosed with the viral disease.

The monkeypox outbreak has already been declared a global health emergency.

The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

The monkeypox virus was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is endemic in humans in nine African countries.

Those patients at high risk include young children, pregnant women and immunosuppressed.

The classification follows after many cases were reported from the world across; this is the highest alert that the WHO issues and follows a worldwide upsurge in monkeypox cases.

This decision came at the end of the second meeting of WHO’s emergency committee on the virus.

More than 16,000 monkeypox cases have been reported from 75 countries as per WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

This warning comes in the midst of two other such health emergencies at present – the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to eradicate polio.

Monkeypox was first discovered in the 1950s. Presently the UK has more than 2,000 confirmed cases.

Some of the initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery, chickenpox-like rash or lesions.

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