Odisha Health director Bijay Mohapatra informs no cases of monkeypox detected till now in state , health advisory issued to be catious

Bhubaneswar: As monkeypox scare rises in other countries, Odisha Health director Bijay Mohapatra said there have been no reports of any monkeypox cases in Odisha or anywhere else in the country now, but the central government has asked the states to stay alert and the government has dispatched advisory to ICDC and ICMR to keep a close watch on the situation and send samples to NIV Pune only in cases where people are found with certain specific symptoms of the disease.

Besides, the Health Ministry has issued the following public actions to be followed to increase surveillance against the disease. that is as it Exhibits an otherwise unexplained rash, Have travelled, in the last 21 days, to a country that has recently had confirmed or suspected cases of monkey pox or Reports contact with a person or people with confirmed or suspected monkey pox, All suspected cases are to be isolated at designated healthcare facilities until all lesions have resolved and a fresh layer of skin has formed OR until the treating physician decides to end isolation, All such patients are to be reported to the District Surveillance Officer of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme,All infection control practices are to be followed while treating such patients and Laboratory samples consisting of fluid from vesicles, blood, sputum etc are to be sent to NIV Pune for Monkeypox testing in case of suspicion.

Further,in case a positive case is detected, contact tracing has to be initiated immediately to identify the contacts of the patient in the last 21 days.

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