The death of a young man in Kerala, India, from monkeypox was verified on Monday (August 1), making it only the fourth known mortality from the disease in the current epidemic. The young guy lived in the southern state of Kerala.
In the past week, Spain recorded two deaths due to monkeypox, while Brazil reported its first. The first fatality to occur in Asia was reported in India. On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the epidemic constituted a global health emergency.
The Indian man, who was 22 years old and lived in Kerala, passed away on Saturday, according to the state’s revenue minister, who also told reporters that the government had quarantined 21 people who had come into contact with him.
“The individual arrived in Kerala on July 21, but he did not go to a hospital till July 26, when he indicated fatigue and fever,” Minister K Rajan said. He said that there was no need to be alarmed because none of the key contacts were showing symptoms.
The health minister for the state of Kerala, Veena George, revealed to the media on Sunday that the man’s family had informed authorities the day before that he had tested positive in the United Arab Emirates before returning to India. George was speaking on behalf of Kerala.
The federal health ministry of India made no comment on the fatality, but they did indicate that the government has organized a task group of senior officials to monitor monkeypox cases in the country. According to the local media, there have been at least five cases of monkeypox reported in India.
At the end of the previous month, the WHO stated that more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox had been documented in 78 countries, the bulk of which were in Europe.
According to one source, the monkeypox virus is responsible for a disease that, while similar to smallpox, is characterized by milder symptoms and is more prevalent in west and central Africa. It is possible for the sickness to be passed from humans to animals.
Transmission from one individual to another can occur by contact with bodily fluids, lesions on the skin or on internal mucosal surfaces (such as in the mouth or throat), respiratory droplets, or infected objects. Lesions on the skin can also be a source of transmission.