Youth died in Thrissur contracted monkeypox; kept it as secret, says Minister Veena George

Veena George | Photo: Screengrab of Mathrubhumi News

Thrissur: Health Minister Veena George said that the UAE returnee in Thrissur who died on Saturday had contracted monkeypox. The statement from the health minister came in the backdrop of a swab result test conducted at the Alappuzha Virology Institute.

Meanwhile, the health department will soon publish the route map of the deceased, who arrived from UAE and had socialised with others. The health department called for an emergency meeting at Punnayur on Sunday evening.

Health officials said the deceased tested positive during his time abroad and kept it a secret. He also interacted with others and later boarded a flight to Kerala. He was taken to the hospital six days after arriving in the state. The results of his test conducted abroad were handed over to the health officials by the family only after his death.

The 22-year-old man who had monkeypox symptoms died on Saturday morning at a private hospital in Thrissur.

According to WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals), with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe.

With the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination, monkeypox has emerged as the most important orthopoxvirus for public health.

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