Delhi today reported its first monkeypox case as a 31-year-old man with no foreign travel history was diagnosed with the disease, sources said.
This is the fourth monkey case reported in India with three previous cases reported from Kerala.
The man had attended a party in Manali in Himachal Pradesh, news agency PTI reported sources.
The West Delhi resident was hospitalized with symptoms of the disease three days ago, he said, adding that his samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology yesterday.
Two-three suspicious tests are coming every week in Mumbai, but these days the frequency has increased to two-three per day, sources told NDTV.
Sixteen theaters are dedicated to monkeys, including only two for Kerala.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic virus with symptoms similar to smallpox, but less severe. Transmission of the virus occurs from infected animals to humans through direct or indirect contact. It can also spread from person to person through direct contact with infected skin or wounds, and respiratory droplets.
So far, more than 16,000 cases of rabies have been reported from 75 countries around the world. Five deaths have also been reported in Africa.
Apart from India, only one such case has been reported from the WHO region of South-East Asia – in Thailand.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the monkey outbreak a public health emergency – the highest alarm it can sound.