Kuwaiti returnee admitted to Hyderabad hospital with monkeypox-like symptoms
A 40-year-old man from Kamareddy district in Telangana was admitted to the designated isolation ward for suspected cases of monkey pox at Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday.
He returned from Kuwait on July 6 and began showing symptoms on Saturday. While his test results are pending, health officials have traced six of his contacts and are keeping them under observation as they are not yet showing symptoms.
The World Health Organization has declared Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. So far, four cases were confirmed in India, of which three were detected in Kerala and one in Delhi.
In a statement, Telangana Public Health Director Dr. G Srinivasa Rao said the returnee from Kuwait had a high fever on July 20. On July 23, he started showing rashes and went to a private hospital the next day. The doctor diagnosed the symptoms as those of Monkeypox and referred him to Kamareddy District Hospital. He was then transferred to Hyderabad.
“His samples have been collected and sent to the laboratory of the National Institute of Virology, Pune. Until the results are received, we will keep him in isolation at the fever hospital and provide him with treatment. We have identified six people who had direct contact with this person. None of them have symptoms yet. However, we have also isolated them, “said Dr Rao, while adding that the Minister of Health, T Harish Rao, was reviewing the situation from time to time Dr. Rao also asked people in the state not to be alarmed as the disease is not life threatening.
Earlier, Fever Hospital Superintendent Dr. K Shankar told indianexpress.com that two isolation wards, one for men and women, have been set up for monkeypox patients. “We have planned 36 beds and have the necessary personnel, equipment and medicines. In case of suspected patient, we will send samples of urine, blood, throat swabs and wound scrapings for testing to Gandhi Hospital. If any test positive, these samples will be sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, for confirmation,” he said while emphasizing that treatment is symptomatic and a patient will need to be hospitalized for 21 days.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is spread from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash. Contact with bodily fluids, lesions on the skin or mucous surfaces, respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects, including a patient’s clothing or linens, can cause the virus to spread. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, swollen lymph nodes, and rash or sores on the face, palms, the soles of the feet, the mouth, the genitals, the perianal region or the eyes.
The health department has asked people to be careful and seek medical attention if they have symptoms because the incubation period for the virus is two to three weeks. “In case of high fever, skin rashes on the upper and lower limbs, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, armpit (armpit) and groin, red eyes, joint pain, weakness, vomiting and having contacted a source with a travel history, one should visit a doctor,” Dr Shankar added.