India reported its first case of monkeypox on Thursday. The individual, a traveller from UAE, reached Kerala, where he was found positive for the virus. Kerala Health Minister Veena George confirmed the development, and said, “A Monkeypox positive case is reported. He is a traveller from UAE. He reached the state on 12th July. He reached Trivandrum airport and all the steps are being taken as per the guidelines issued by WHO and ICMR.”
The first case of monkeypox has raised concerns about its spread. However, experts say that although it is a viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions, monkeypox does not spread like COVID-19.
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