Centrum releases do’s and don’ts to prevent monkeypox contracting | India News

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Health released a list of do’s and don’ts on Wednesday to avoid breach of contract monkeypoxamid rising cases in the country.
Of the

  • Isolating the infected person from others so that the disease does not spread.
  • use of the hand disinfectants.
  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Covering mouth with masks and hands with disposable gloves near a patient.
  • The use of disinfectants to disinfect the environment.

Do not

  • Among other things, avoid sharing linens, bedding, clothes, towels with people who have tested positive for the infection.
  • Do not wash soiled linen or laundry belonging to patients and uncontaminated persons together.
  • Avoid public events, even if you only show symptoms of the disease.

“Don’t stigmatize people who have contracted the virus, including suspected patients. Also, don’t believe rumors or misinformation,” it said.
It also underlined that anyone can get the virus if they have had prolonged or repeated contact with an infected person.
Meanwhile, a monkeypox task force has been set up to closely monitor the new situation in the country and decide on response initiatives to tackle the spread of the disease.
It will also guide the government in expanding diagnostic facilities in the country and examine emerging trends regarding vaccination for the disease, official sources had told PTI.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had recently declared monkeypox a global public health emergency of international concern.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis – a virus transmitted from animals to humans – with symptoms similar to those of smallpox, although less severe clinically.
Monkeypox usually manifests with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and can lead to a range of medical complications. It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks.
The “Guidelines for the Management of Monkeypox Disease” issued by the Center states that human-to-human transmission occurs primarily through large respiratory droplets that generally require prolonged close contact.
It can also be transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids or lesions, and indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated clothing or linen belonging to an infected person. Transmission from animals to humans can take place by biting or scratching infected animals or by preparing bushmeat.
The incubation period is usually six to 13 days and the death rate from monkey pox has historically been up to 11 percent in the general population and higher among children. Lately, the death rate of cases has been around 3 to 6 percent.
The symptoms include lesions that usually start within one to three days of the onset of the fever, last for about two to four weeks, and are often described as painful until the healing phase when they itch.
A marked predilection for palms and soles is characteristic of monkey pox, the guidelines say.
(With input from the agency)

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