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Centre Issues Guidelines On Monkeypox Management, Stresses On Rapid Identification Of New Cases
Monkeypox Guidelines: The Health Ministry in the guidelines said the contacts of suspects should be monitored at least daily for the onset of signs or symptoms for a period of 21 days from the last contact with a patient.
Latest Guidelines on Monkeypox: In the wake of rising cases of Monkeypox in other countries, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines for states and said clinical specimens would have to be sent to the apex laboratory of the National Institute of Virology (NIV)), Pune, through Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme network. It must be noted that India has so far not reported any case of monkeypox. However, the guidelines have been issued amid a rapid rise in cases worldwide.
The ministry said further said the contacts of suspects should be monitored at least daily for the onset of signs or symptoms for a period of 21 days (as per case definition) from the last contact with a patient or their contaminated materials during the infectious period.
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➡️Union Health Ministry issues Guidelines to States/UTs on Management of Monkeypox Disease
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Earlier this month, the Centre had ordered surveillance at all international entry points — airports, seaports and land border crossings. The ministry had also asked samples of travellers from Africa, showing symptoms to be sent to NIV, Pune, for further investigation.
The guidelines come at a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) said the infection has spread to 24 nations with over 435 confirmed cases.
Check full guidelines here:
- The contacts should be monitored at least daily for the onset of signs/symptoms for a period of 21 days from the last contact with a patient or their contaminated materials during the infectious period.
- The asymptomatic contacts should not donate blood, cells, tissue, organs or semen while they are under surveillance.
- Pre-school children may be excluded from daycare, nursery, or other group settings.
- The health workers who have unprotected exposures to patients with monkeypox or possibly contaminated materials do not need to be excluded from work duty.
- In the guidelines, the Centre stresses on surveillance and rapid identification of new cases as the key public health measures for outbreak containment.
The Centre mandates the need to reduce the risk of human-to-human transmission.
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