Monkeypox: Center Requests States / UTs to Send Clinical Copies to NIV, Pune | Latest News India

The Union’s Ministry of Public Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday issued a set of guidelines to states and territories of the Union on the management of Monkeypox disease. To date, no case of monkey pox has been reported in India. The directive was issued amid a rapid rise in cases worldwide.

The ministry said clinical specimens should be sent to the apex laboratory of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, via Integrated Disease Surveillance Program network.

It said that contacts of suspects should be checked at least daily before the onset of signs or symptoms for a period of 21 days (as per case definition) of the last contact with a patient or their contaminated materials during the infection period.

On May 20, the government ordered supervision at all international entry points – airports, seaports and land border crossings. It had requested samples from travelers from Africa, showing symptoms to send to NIV, Pune, for further investigation.

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