Monkeypox: Auto drivers who came in direct contact with patient located

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a major relief to the health department officials, police have finally identified two auto drivers who came in contact with the UAE returnee who tested positive for Monkeypox in Kollam. However, the car driver, who accompanied the patient from Kollam to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, is yet to be located.

Meanwhile, the health department will take action against Kollam DMO office staff for carelessly letting the patient travel in auto-rickshaw despite doctors certifying that the patient was showing monkey-pox symptoms. The Kollam native arrived at the hospital by autorickshaw. The doctors of the private hospital later informed the DMO office that the patient had Monkey Pox symptoms.

However, the police investigation revealed DMO office failed in its duty. Meanwhile, the central team will visit the state to oversee the measures taken to counter the spread of Monkeypox. The team will also speak with the doctors and health officials of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

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