The sample from a suspected case of monkey pox in Ghaziabad has been sent for testing, ANI news agency reported today. The center has warned against “unnecessary scaremongering” as no case of monkeypox has been reported in India so far.
Two doctors in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, who monitored the patient, a child, said the samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology, or NIV, in Pune for examination.
“There were lesions on the body of the child who came in for ear treatment. It looked like smallpox type. We’re not sure if it’s monkey pox,” said ENT (ear, nose and throat) Dr BP Tyagi.
“The patient came from Patna for ear treatment. They have a family history of ear problems,” the doctor said.
The child has been isolated and the health department has been informed, said Dr. Tyagi, adding that the monsters have been sent to the NIV in Pune.
Ghaziabad Chief Medical Officer Bhawtesh Sankhdar said it does not appear to be a case of monkey pox.
“They probably ate a lot of mangoes, which caused these lesions… Doesn’t look like monkey pox,” he said.
MLA and former health minister in UP Atul Garg told NDTV that no case of monkey pox has been reported from Ghaziabad and so far only the samples have been sent to the Pune lab.
Monkeypox is a rare disease related to but less serious than smallpox, causing skin rashes, fever, chills and aches, among other things. Generally limited to West and Central Africa, cases have been reported in Europe since May and the number of affected countries has increased since then.
The Interior Ministry issued guidelines on monkeypox disease management on Tuesday to ensure the country is prepared in the face of increasing reports of monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it was aware of more than 700 worldwide cases of monkeypox, including 21 in the United States, and investigations now suggest it is spreading in the country.
Sixteen of the first 17 cases were among people who identify as having sex with men, according to a new CDC report, and 14 were thought to be related to travel. All patients are recovering or have recovered, and there have been no fatalities.
“There have also been some cases in the United States that we know are related to known cases,” Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, told reporters during a phone call.
With input from ANI