India reported its first death purportedly due to monkeypox disease in Kerala on Saturday, ANI reported.
The 22-year-old man was a resident of Thrissur district in the state, The News Minute reported. He had returned to Kerala from the United Arab Emirates on July 21 and was admitted to a private hospital in Thrissur on July 27 after he developed encephalitis, fever and swollen lymph nodes.
State Health Minister Veena George said that it was revealed only after the patient’s death that he had tested positive for the monkeypox virus in Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates on July 19.
“This particular variant of monkeypox is not highly virulent or contagious like Covid-19, but it does spread,” she said.
George added that an inquiry will be conducted to know what led to the death of the man as the fatality rate in monkeypox cases is low. She also said that the delay in sharing test results from the United Arab Emirates will also be investigated.
India has so far reported five cases of the monkeypox disease – one in Delhi and the remaining four in Kerala.
Monkeypox is a rare infection that is spread by wild animals like rodents and primates in parts of West or Central Africa, according to the United…