However, Ghaziabad’s chief medical officer said the test was just a “precautionary measure” as the girl had no other health issues, nor was she in close contact with anyone who had traveled abroad in the past month.
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Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh: A five-year-old girl in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, is being tested for monkeypox after she complained of itching and rashes on her body.
Ghaziabad’s chief medical officer said the test was just a “precautionary measure” as the girl had no other health issues, nor was she in close contact with anyone who had traveled abroad in the past month.
“Samples were collected from a five-year-old girl for monkeypox testing, as a precaution, as she had complaints of itching and rashes on her body. She had no other health problems and neither she nor any of the people close to her had traveled abroad in the past month.”
On Tuesday, in light of increasing reports of monkeypox (MPX) cases in non-endemic countries, the Federal Ministry of Health acted proactively and issued “Guidelines on Monkeypox Management” to ensure advance preparedness across the country.
As directed, a laboratory-confirmed case of monkeypox virus was confirmed by detection of unique viral DNA sequences by either polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and/or sequencing.
“All clinical specimens must be transported to the Apex Laboratory for ICMR-NIV (Pune) routed through the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) network in the respective region/state,” it said in the guidelines.
Guidelines for the management of monkeypox include the epidemiology of the disease (including host, incubation period, period of infection and mode of transmission, contact, case definitions, clinical features and complications, diagnosis, case management, risk communication, and guidance on infection prevention and control (IPC) Including the use of personal protective equipment.
“The guidelines emphasize surveillance and rapid identification of new cases as the key public health measures to contain outbreaks, dictating the need to reduce the risk of human-to-human transmission. They explain Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), home IPC, patient isolation and transmission strategies. ambulances, the additional precautions that must be taken care of, and the duration of the isolation procedures.
As directed, contacts should be monitored at least daily for signs/symptoms for 21 days (as defined) from last contact with a patient or their contaminated material during the period of infection.
To raise awareness of risk factors, the guidelines detail how to raise awareness and educate people about monkeypox virus measures such as avoiding contact with any material belonging to a sick person, isolating an infected patient from others, practicing good hand hygiene and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients.
The ministry also said that monkeypox has been reported as endemic in many other Central and West African countries such as Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria and Republic of the Congo. , Sierra Leone. However, cases have also been reported in some non-endemic countries such as USA, UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Austria, Israel, Switzerland etc.
The Union’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare continues to closely follow developments in the situation.
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