So far, 3,413 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide in the past six months, although 86% of cases have been reported in Europe and 11% in the US.

India had prepared monkeypox guidelines for monkeypox in the month of May. Now when the order came, the Health Department once again wrote a letter to the states instructing them to implement it properly.

The first case of monkeypox virus has been confirmed in Kerala. The patient had recently reached Kollam in the state of Kerala from the United Arab Emirates. He was taken to the hospital after developing symptoms such as a high temperature and blisters.

All suspected cases will be tested and screened at points of entry and communities (either through hospital based surveillance, targeted surveillance under measles, or at NACO designated surveillance or intervention sites for residents of MSM and FSW).