The situation of monkeypox in Delhi is being continuously monitored.


New Delhi: Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease characterized by common symptoms of fever, skin lesions, lymphadenopathy, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, chills and/or sweating, and sore throat and cough. The situation of monkeypox in Delhi is being continuously monitored. There’s no need to panic. Till date, there have been 5 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Delhi; One has recovered and has been discharged.

In this context, the Delhi Government has taken the following measures for preparedness:

Beds/rooms have been reserved for admission of suspected/confirmed cases of monkeypox in three government departments. and three private hospitals as per the attached table:

Guidelines for the management of monkey pox (disease transmission, surveillance and case definition; diagnosis and case management; infection prevention and control; and personal protective equipment) have been shared with all government/private hospitals.

District Surveillance Units (DSUs) are in place for surveillance including contact tracing and follow-up action; and has been made sensitive according to the government. India guidelines.

Instructions have been issued to all government/private hospitals to notify all suspected cases of monkeypox as per case definition and refer them to designated hospitals for isolation and management in coordination with district surveillance units.

A training session was organized on 18.07.2022 at Lok Nayak Hospital for all concerned departments like Medicine, Pediatrics, Microbiology, Dermatology etc regarding management of suspected/confirmed cases of Monkey Pox.

Similarly training session on Monkey Pox was also organized for five newly designated hospitals on 04.08.2022. The State Surveillance Unit, Delhi is coordinating with DSU and Airport Health Organization (APHO), IGI Airport, New Delhi.

Review meetings on the preparations for Monkey Pox have been organized at various levels under the chairmanship of higher officials. All CATS staff have been trained and sensitized as per the guidelines for ambulance transfer of suspected/confirmed cases. Laboratories have been identified for testing at NIV Pune and AIIMS Delhi. and diagnosis of monkeypox. The GNCT of Delhi is keeping a close watch on the evolving situation.

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